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 The first Cityflyer 'new-generation' Enviro500s... January 2013 - September 2014
Fleet Nos 8000-8065
          
In November 2012, Alexander Dennis unveiled its 'new-generation', three-axle Enviro500 double deck, and announced advance orders for more than 530. The stylish, new-look vehicle is lighter, more fuel-efficient and can carry 90 seated passengers. It has been designed specifically for the Asia Pacific market and 532 will be delivered to Hong Kong operators such as KMB, Long Win Bus, Citybus and MTRC during 2013 and early 2014.
 
The Citybus order is for 156 buses, 107 of which will be 12 metre and 49 will be 11.3 metre. 66 of the 12 metre examples are for Cityflyer operations.
      
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 One of what is believed to be one of four fully built models made a surprise appearance on the streets of Edinburgh on 11th December 2012, being used for evaluation purposes by Lothian Buses.

Above photographs courtesy and copyright of Donald Stirling

   
Wednesday 16th January 2013 saw fleet no. 8001 make an appearance at the Central Ferry Pier as part of the UK's Under Secretary of State for Transport visit to Hong Kong, the key focus being the role of UK companies in the Hong Kong transport sector.

The following photographs were taken at the same event and my special thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to use his excellent photographs.
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The above photographs courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

      
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On 21st January 2013, what is believed to be fleet no. 8000, the first of the batch, underwent tests at the Government's To Kwa Wan Vehicle Examination Centre.
   
Above photographs courtesy and copyright of Henry Tin

   
It is understood that following tests at the above mentioned Examination Centre, the vehicle was found to exceed the maximum permitted length of 12 metres. This problem is believed to have been resolved in early March.
   
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8003 is seen here on 19th March undergoing road tests
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jacky Cheung


8001 was the first to be registered, on 22nd March 2013 and Citybus officially launched these new buses in a ceremony at the companys' Chai Wan Depot on 26th March 2013 - just follow this link for details and photos.
   
   
The three remaining examples were registered on 26th March.

It is believed that 8000-8002 will enter service shortly and 8003 will follow soon after.

   
29th March 2013 saw the first three examples enter service and I am grateful to Philip Chan and Network Shuttle for providing the following photographs.
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8002
   
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All above photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
   
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Above photographs taken on Friday 29th March 2013 - courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

   
8003 entered service in early April 2013 and 8005 and 8006 were first registered on 31st May and 5th June respectively. 
     
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8005 and 8006 photographed at Chek Lap Kok on 6th June 2013
     
Above photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

   
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8009 was spotted undergoing a road test on 17th June 2013 when Cityflyer lettering still had to be applied
    
Above photgraphs courtesy and copyright of Watt Yung

   
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8009 was registered on 19th June and is seen here on 22nd June undergoing driver training, as this is the first of the batch to have a steering tag axle.
 
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of Anthony's Bus Homepage
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of Alan Wong     

   
The final bus of this batch, 8065, was registered on 24th September 2014.
   

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