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 Hong Kong Bus Operators ... KMB
 Volvo B9TL/Wrights Eclipse Gemini 2 - AVBWU class
 
In mid 2009 Volvo Buses received an order for 100 buses from Kowloon Motor Bus. The order involves 60 double-decker and 40 single-decker 12-metre buses.
 ***UPDATE***see below

KMB is the world’s largest operator of heavy duty triple-axle double-decker air-conditioned city buses, with more than 95% of their fleet of approximately 4,000 buses featuring air-conditioning. 

With a long history in the Hong Kong market, the latest Volvo B9TL MK II Euro V double-decker chassis is designed to meet the specific operational requirements of KMB and other major operators in East and South East Asia. 

The bodies for the double-deckers will be provided by Wrightbus. The bodies fulfill KMB’s latest requirements, including an upper deck seating for 53 passengers. The lower level provides accommodation for 27 seated and 41 standing passengers. 

Space is also provided for one wheelchair, with the access ramp provided via the front door. The most recent design updates demonstrate a high attention to detail with extensive effort made to integrate features such as the Multi-Media On-Board system.

The 60 double-decker buses will be delivered during 2010. 

The above has been extracted from Volvo's official Press Release.

***UPDATE ***

A further order for 115 Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs was placed in the Spring of 2010, these vehicles being due for delivery in early 2011.

A total of 290 of this class were eventually delivered, the final example, AVBWU290 being registered on 31 May 2012.


   
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One of the first to arrive is this example, captured at Tsim Sha Tsui on 12th February 2010, still carrying trade plates.
 Above photographs are courtesy and copyright of Tim Chan

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Captured over the weekend of the 20th/21st February 2010 at Heysham Docks, Lancashire, is this lone example, having already completed two legs of its journey from Ballymena, Northern Ireland to Hong Kong. The top photos were taken on Sunday 21st when the mist had cleared but a little snow had fallen overnight. The next stage of its journey will see it driven to Southampton Docks (275 miles) before being loaded onto a ship to Hong Kong.
Above photographs are courtesy and copyright of Alistair Liddle

    
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Four further vehicles at Heysham Docks on 5th April 2010
Courtesy and copyright of Alistair Liddle
AVBWU1, the first of the class entered service in early April 2010
courtesy and copyright of S3N92
     
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Two further shots of AVBWU1 - courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

     
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AVBWU2 was registered PF2802 on 28th April 2010 and entered service shortly afterwards on route 69X, where it was captured on 21st May 2010
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com.

   
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Thirteen vehicles arrived in Hong Kong on the evening of Monday 28th June 2010, and these photographs were taken the following morning, having been collected by Volvo's staff and on their way to the agency's parking lot for final checking and adjustment before handover to KMB.
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Neo Mak

   
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AVBWU5 seen operating route 1A on 7th July 2010
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Samuel's Bus

   
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Four vehicles were seen in Southampton, England on 4th July 2010, approaching the end of their journey from Heysham Docks and nearing the entrance
to Dock Gate No. 4, from where they would be
shipped to Hong Kong.
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Nathan Jenner

   
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AVBWU11 seen operating route 87D to
Kam Ying Court on 26th July 2010
An rear offside view of AVBWU17
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Samuel's Bus

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Pictured in early August 2010, soon after entering  service are AVBWU23 and AVBWU28
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Samuel's Bus

   
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Captured at Heysham Docks on 22nd August 2010, seven more examples in transit, and the Captain KMB logo on the seating can clearly be seen 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Alistair Liddle

   
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AVBWU41 was registered PK2713 on 24th August 2010 and is seen here in September without '2010' decals.
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

   
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On display at at the Bus Expo 2010, held at the NEC, Birmingham, UK in November 2010 is this example, later identified at AVBWU70, which was
registered in Hong Kong in ealy May 2011.
Above photographs courtesy and copyright of Andy Higgins

The following are a selection of night shots taken by Slash Chan during December 2010
   
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AVBWU12 AVBWU13
   
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AVBWU21 AVBWU31
   
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AVBWU44 AVBWU45
 
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AVBWU46
All above photographs courtesy and copyright of Slash Chan

   
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A batch of 15 (AVBWU47 - AVBWU61) were registered on 28th February 2011, and entered service soon after.
 AVBWU50 and AVBWU59 are seen here on 5th March operating on route 104.
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

   
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AVBWU57 seen here at Kowloon City Ferry
All above photographs courtesy and copyright of Vincent Chong


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AVBWU135 seen here on 3rd July 2011, having been registered
on 30th June 2011
AVBWU169 seen here on 17th July 2011, having been registered
 on 15th July.
   
Above photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

   
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AVWU185 on route 102
Location: Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po
AVWU189 on route 42A
Location: Mong Kok Police Station, Nathan Road, Prince Edward
   
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AVWU195 was registered on 4th August 2011 and is seen here at
Kwai Chung Road, Mei Foo on 13th August 2011.
It is fitted with Gorba destination equipment.
On 13th August 2011, when this photograph was taken, AVWU196
 was KMB's newest bus.
Again, seen travelling along Kwai Chung Road, Mei Foo.
It is fitted with Shanghai HongLong destination equipment.
   
Above photographs courtesy and copyright of Vincent Chong

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AVBWU213 is seen here on 2nd September 2011, the day after being registered.
   
Above photographs courtesy and copyright of Heka Inpu

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AVBWU238 seen here on 5th March 2012, having been registered on 1st March with ten other class members.
   
Above photographs courtesy and copyright of Vincent Cong

   
AVBWU1 - PE3529 AVBWU2 - PF2802 AVBWU3 - PG6918 AVBWU4 - PG7809
AVBWU5 - PH6346 AVBWU6 - PH6712 AVBWU7 - PH4786 AVBWU8 - PH4821
AVBWU9 - PH5092 AVBWU10 - PH5408 AVBWU11 - PH5490 AVBWU12 - PJ4566
AVBWU13 - PJ4825 AVBWU14 - PJ5022 AVBWU15 - PJ5153 AVBWU16 - PJ5187
AVBWU17 - PJ5607 AVBWU18 - PJ5774 AVBWU19 - PJ5797 AVBWU20 - PJ5856
AVBWU21 - PJ5937 AVBWU22 - PJ6316 AVBWU23 - PJ6380 AVBWU24 - PJ8677
AVBWU25 - PJ8730 AVBWU26 - PJ8827 AVBWU27 - PJ8875 AVBWU28 - PJ8905
AVBWU29 - PJ9462 AVBWU30 - PJ9589 AVBWU31 - PJ9625 AVBWU32 - PJ9752
AVBWU33 - PJ9763 AVBWU34 - PJ9802 AVBWU35 - PK2688 AVBWU36 - PK3161
AVBWU37 - PK3754 AVBWU38 - PK4038 AVBWU39 - PK4305 AVBWU40 - PK4336
AVBWU41 - PK2713 AVBWU42 - PK2788 AVBWU43 - PK2847 AVBWU44 - PK3069
AVBWU45 - PK3576 AVBWU46 - PK4024 AVBWU47 - PS8574 AVBWU48 - PS8816
AVBWU49 - PS8851 AVBWU50 - PS8976 AVBWU51 - PS9079 AVBWU52 - PS9222
AVBWU53- PS9267 AVBWU54 - PS9280 AVBWU55 - PS9467 AVBWU56 - PS9475
AVBWU57 - PS9552 AVBWU58 - PS9654 AVBWU59 - PT175 AVBWU60 - PT378
AVBWU61 - PT453 AVBWU62 - PV2506 AVBWU63 - PV2694 AVBWU64 - PV2741
AVBWU65 - PV2939 AVBWU66 - PV2956 AVBWU67 - PV3284 AVBWU68 - PV3324
AVBWU69 - PV3517 AVBWU70 - PV3533 AVBWU71 - PV3959 AVBWU72 - PV3990
AVBWU73 - PV4082 AVBWU74 - PV4102 AVBWU75 - PV4259 AVBWU76 - PV4366
AVBWU77 - PV7004 AVBWU78 - PV7060 AVBWU79 - PV7109 AVBWU80 - PV7223
AVBWU81 - PV7278 AVBWU82 - PV7310 AVBWU83 - PV7329 AVBWU84 - PV7414
AVBWU85 - PV7829 AVBWU86 - PV7987 AVBWU87 - PV8048 AVBWU88 - PV8342
AVBWU89 - PV8752 AVBWU90 - PV8783 AVBWU91 - PV8951 AVBWU92 - PV9190
AVBWU93 - PV9290 AVBWU94 - PV9303 AVBWU95 - PV9549 AVBWU96 - PV9610
AVBWU97 - PV9753 AVBWU98 - PV9867 AVBWU99 - PW102 AVBWU100 - PW327
AVBWU101 - PW2550 AVBWU102 - PW2609 AVBWU103 - PW2641 AVBWU104 - PW2832
AVBWU105 - PW3016 AVBWU106 - PW3017 AVBWU107 - PW3593 AVBWU108 - PW3880
AVBWU109 - PW3932 AVBWU110 - PW4057 AVBWU111 - PW4269 AVBWU112 - PW4287
AVBWU113 - PW8501 AVBWU114 - PW9324 AVBWU115 - PW9776 AVBWU116 - PX210
AVBWU117 - PX446 AVBWU118 - PX466 AVBWU119 - PX554 AVBWU120 - PX703
AVBWU121 - PX1134 AVBWU122 - PX1440 AVBWU123 - PX2036 AVBWU124 - PX2107
AVBWU125 - PX2169 AVBWU126 - PX2475 AVBWU127 - PX4668 AVBWU128 - PX4812
AVBWU129 - PX4818 AVBWU130 - PX4962 AVBWU131 - PX5011 AVBWU132 - PX5152
AVBWU133 - PX5180 AVBWU134 - PX5284 AVBWU135 - PX5374 AVBWU136 - PX5463
AVBWU137 - PX5589 AVBWU138 - PX5598 AVBWU139 - PX5620 AVBWU140 - PX5631
AVBWU141 - PX5685 AVBWU142 - PX5762 AVBWU143 - PX5873 AVBWU144 - PX6189
AVBWU145 - PX5760 AVBWU146 - PX6465 AVBWU147 - PX8537 AVBWU148 - PX8584
AVBWU149 - PX8633 AVBWU150 - P8653 AVBWU151 - PX8835 AVBWU152 - PX8918
AVBWU153 - PX9118 AVBWU154 - PX9158 AVBWU155 - PX9319 AVBWU156 - PX9358
AVBWU157 - PX9372 AVBWU158 - PX9479 AVBWU159 - PX9499 AVBWU160 - PX9633
AVBWU161 - PX9722 AVBWU162 - P9838 AVBWU163 - PY127 AVBWU164 - PY385
AVBWU165 - PX9421 AVBWU166 - PX9577 AVBWU167 - PY763 AVBWU168 - PY1401
AVBWU169 - PY1591 AVBWU170 - PY2293 AVBWU171 - PY1181 AVBWU172 - PY2783
AVBWU173 - PY3231 AVBWU174 - PY3720 AVBWU175 - PY4294 AVBWU176 - PY4306
AVBWU177 - PY3244 AVBWU178 - PY3691 AVBWU179 - PY2580 AVBWU180 - PY4153
AVBWU181 - PY4665 AVBWU182 - PY4859 AVBWU183 - PY5872 AVBWU184 - PY6059
AVBWU185 - PY6125 AVBWU186 - PY6200 AVBWU187 - PY6231 AVBWU188 - PY4788
AVBWU189 - PY5301 AVBWU190 - PY5235 AVBWU191 - PY7519 AVBWU192 - PY6858
AVBWU193 - PY7194 AVBWU194 - PY7771 AVBWU195 - PY7062 AVBWU196 - PY7829
AVBWU197 - PZ8722 AVBWU198 - PZ8784 AVBWU199 - PZ8789 AVBWU200 - PZ8904
AVBWU201 - PZ8949 AVBWU202 - PZ8961 AVBWU203 - PZ9039 AVBWU204 - PZ9053
AVBWU205 - PZ9163 AVBWU206 - PZ9209 AVBWU207 - PZ9210 AVBWU208 - PZ9591
AVBWU209 - PZ9662 AVBWU210 - PZ9715 AVBWU211 - PZ9884 AVBWU212 - RA195
AVBWU213 - RA425 AVBWU214 - RA470 AVBWU215 - RA472 AVBWU216 - RC6559
AVBWU217 - RC6718 AVBWU218 - RC6904 AVBWU219 - RC8336 AVBWU220 - R8382
AVBWU221 - RD9239 AVBWU222 - RD9278 AVBWU223 - RD9700 AVBWU224 - RD9733
AVBWU225 - RE1213 AVBWU226 - RE1291 AVBWU227 - RE1357 AVBWU228 - RE2162
AVBWU229 - RE2303 AVBWU230 - RG2610 AVBWU231 - RG2617 AVBWU232 - RG2936
AVBWU233 - RG3229 AVBWU234 - RG3278 AVBWU235 - RG3411 AVBWU236 - RG3699
AVBWU237 - RG3894 AVBWU238 - RG3905 AVBWU239 - RG3913 AVBWU240 - RG4278
AVBWU241 - RG5702AVBWU242 - RG9525 AVBWU243 - RG9829 AVBWU244 - RH367
AVBWU245 - RH6769AVBWU246 - RH7192AVBWU247 - RH7476AVBWU248 - RH7539
AVBWU249 - RH7614AVBWU250 - RH7685AVBWU251 - RH8025AVBWU252 - RJ2681
AVBWU253 - RJ2733AVBWU254 - RJ2899AVBWU255 - RJ3713AVBWU256 - RJ4212
AVBWU257 - RJ4468AVBWU258 - RJ4642AVBWU259 - RJ4642AVBWU260 - RJ4763
AVBWU261 - RJ4847AVBWU262 - RJ5099AVBWU263 - RJ5119AVBWU264 - RJ5466
AVBWU265 - RJ5671AVBWU266 - RJ6026AVBWU267 - RJ6503AVBWU268 - RJ6743
AVBWU269 - RJ6809AVBWU270 - RJ7114AVBWU271 - RJ7188AVBWU272 - RJ7306
AVBWU273 - RJ7308AVBWU274 - RJ7414AVBWU275 - RJ7502AVBWU276 - RJ7579
AVBWU277 - RJ8028AVBWU278 - RJ8087AVBWU279 - RJ8257AVBWU280 - RJ8495
AVBWU281 - RK2545AVBWU282 - RK2714AVBWU283 - RK2736AVBWU284 - RK3057
AVBWU285 - RK3166AVBWU286 - RK3412AVBWU287 - RK3692AVBWU288 - RK3715
AVBWU289 - RK4483AVBWU290 - RK6786   
 

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