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New World First Bus
 
The 1st of September 1998 saw the demise of China Motor Bus, having lost it's franchise to operate 88 routes in Hong Kong. New World First Bus (NWFB) beat five other bidders, including Kowloon Motor Bus and Citybus, to win the lucrative routes. NWFB is a joint venture of New World Development and Britain's biggest bus operator, FirstGroup plc.

The first new double-deck vehicles arrived in the 'wave' livery, as carried on the first model released, No 44401. The 'wave' soon disappeared from newer vehicles, thus enabling the space 'between decks' to be used for advertising, as demonstrated on the next three model releases, all ex-CMB Volvo Olympians, Model Nos 43211, 43212 and 43213, released over the period December 1998 - January 1999.

In February 1999, to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, New World First Bus decorated Fleet No. 1088, an Alexander bodied Dennis Trident in red/orange, with patterns that symbolised luck and happiness. The bus carried the God of Wealth to all districts on Hong Kong Island, bringing best wishes to the community, and passengers were able to write their personal New Year messages on lucky gold ingots attached to the bus. The model No 44402 was released in June 1999.

Model No 44505 was the next release, in August 1999, this being the first Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident in the fleet and the 100th new bus.

Also released in August 1999 was the Dennis Dart SLF with Plaxton Pointer bodywork. This carried the standard livery. This new model was the first to carry NWFB branding on the base of the model, and is known as Model No 99004 in Hong Kong. Subscribers to EFE were given an opportunity to purchase this model, known as Model No 26901 in the UK.

Model No 99005, another Dennis Dart, was issued in November 1999, and carries the 'fruit' livery celebrating the first anniversary of the Company. The model comes in an attractive 'fruit box', whilst inside the limited edition certificate is in the shape of an orange.

To celebrate the start of the year 2000, New World First Bus applied a special livery to Alexander bodied Trident No 1008. Model No 99006 follows the example of the previous NWFB issues, having NWFB on the baseplate. The model comes with a key, which when inserted into the underside rear of the model, opens the engine cover!

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, NWFB specially decorated a 'Dragon Bus of Prosperity' with New Year greetings. The model was released at the end of February 2000.

After a spell of almost five months without releasing a model, as buses do, two came along at once! These were short Leyland Fleetlines, and were the first in the 'Heritage Collection' series. First was SF8, which carries the green/white/orange version of the route 15 "Peak" livery. Second was SF31, in purple livery, again advertising route 15 to The Peak. It was around about this time that the actual SF31 arrived back in this country, making its way to the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum. Both models are produced by Collector's Model.

Announced towards the end of August 2000, was the third model in the 'Heritage Collection' series. NWFB had applied special decals to LV30, to commemorate the end of twenty years service of the Leyland Victory in Hong Kong. The model is a Corgi casting and is expected to be released in late September.

New World First Bus have a policy of not releasing any of their models, with the exception of the EFE/NWFB Dennis Dart in standard livery, in the UK. As a result, premium prices apply to all their models in the UK.

Since the launch of their Cybershop in July 2000, NWFB's own model number (product number) has been retrospectively applied to their previously issued Corgi models. This number consists of five digits, the first two representing the year in which the model was released, whilst the last three indicate whether it was the first, second or third issue in that year -  e.g. model number 98001 was the first model released in 1998, whilst model number 99003 was the third to be issued in 1999. With the arrival of the year 2000, this policy changed slightly, and NWFB is now using the series 2xxxx, the first issue being 20001.
 

 Table listing New World First Bus releases by date
(All model nos. are those issued by NWFB, unless otherwise stated)
#
 Model
no.
Make
of model
Vehicle type/length
Livery
Fleet
no.
Route
no.
Qty
Date
issued
1998
1
98001
(44401)
 Corgi  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
12  Original 'Wave' livery
1001
2
12,000
08/98
2
98002
(43211)
 Corgi  Volvo Olympian 
 Alexander
11  Standard 
 'This bus has ears'
VA54
116
5,000
12/98
3
98003
(43212)
 Corgi  Volvo Olympian 
 Alexander
11  Standard 
 'Didn't recognise me did you?'
VA57
970
5,000
12/98
1999
4
99001
(43213)
 Corgi  Volvo Olympian 
 Alexander
11  Standard 
 'We must stop meeting like this'
VA60
112
 5,000
01/99
5
99002
(44402)
 Corgi  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
12  God of Wealth/Wish Bus
1088
n/a
5,000
06/99
6
99003
(44505)
 Corgi  Dennis Trident
 Duple Metsec
12  100th new bus decals
3001
112
5,000
08/99
(05/01)
7
99004
(26901)
 Drumwell/ 
 EFE
 Dennis Dart SLF 
 Plaxton Pointer
10.8  Standard
2001
M21
6,888
(2,000)
08/99
(11/99)
8
99005
 Drumwell  Dennis Dart SLF 
 Plaxton Pointer
10.8  First Anniversary 
 fruit bus
2028
19
3,888
11/99
2000
9
99006
 Drumwell  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
12  Millennium 2000 
1008
18
3,888
01/00
10
20001
 Drumwell  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
12  Dragon Bus of Prosperity
1087
8
3,888
02/00
11
20002
 Collector's 
 Model
 Leyland Fleetline SF 
 Alaxander
9.7  Route 15 Peak 
 green/orange livery
SF8
15
1,800
07/00
12
20003
 Collector's 
 Model
 Leyland Fleetline SF
 Alexander
9.7  Route 15 Peak
 purple livery
SF31
15
1,800
07/00
13
20004
(44805)
 Corgi  Leyland Victory Mk2 
 Alexander
9.7  Standard with 
 Farewell Victory decals
LV30
9
5,000
10/00
(06/01)
14
20005
(hkbus1001)
 CM 
 Northcord
 Volvo B10TL
 Alexander ALX500
12  Standard
5011
796X
5,000
11/00
2001
15
20006
 Drumwell  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
12  Snake Bus of Bliss
1028
M590
3,888
01/01
16
20007
(DW10104)
 Drumwell  Neoplan
 Centroliner
12  Original wave livery
6008
2X
2,928
05/01
17 99401  EFE  Neoplan
 Centroliner
12  Original wave livery 6008 2X (960) (07/01)
18
hkbus1002*
 CM 
 Northcord
 Volvo B10TL
 Alexander ALX500
12  All-over advertising
 'Ultra Heroes'
5007
8
4,000
08/01
2002
19
20008
(hkbus1003)
 CM 
 Northcord
 Volvo B10TL
 Alexander ALX500
12  Euro III buses 
 lead the pace
5070
2
2,500
01/02
20
20009
 Drumwell  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
12  Festival Bus of Harvest
1131
106
2,500
02/02
21
20010
(hkbus1004)
 CM
 Northcord
 Volvo B10TL
 Alexander ALX500
12  Standard with 
 spring calf decals
5029
796A
1,800
06/02
22
20011
 Drumwell  Dennis Condor 
 Duple Metsec
11  Bye, Bye my hot dog
DM28
94
2,000
08/02
2003
23
20012
 Drumwell  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
12  Joyous bus of sheep
1109
101
2,000
01/03
24
20013
 Drumwell  Dennis Condor 
 Duple Metsec
11  Standard with 
 www.nwfb.com.hk banner
DA86
38
1,500
06/03
25
20014
 Drumwell  Neoplan
 Centroliner
12  5th Anniversary
6028
720
2,888
08/03
2004
26
20015
 Jotus.com  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
12  Fortune Bus of Monkey
1083
680
1,288
01/04
2005
27
20016
 Jotus.com  Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
12  The Energetic Bus of Rooster
1128
2A
1,288
06/05
28
20017
(hkbus1006)
 CM
 Northcord
 Volvo B10TL
 Alexander ALX500
12  Standard
5103
682
1,200
12/05
(03/06)
2006
29
20018
(MB109N)
 Model Bus
 Evolution
 Dennis Dragon 
 Duple Metsec
12  Year of the Dog
DA93
18
688
03/06
2007
30
20019
(MB110N)
 Model Bus
 Evolution
 Dennis Dragon 
 Duple Metsec
12  Year of the Pig
DA95
905
888
02/07
31
20020
(39701)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Dennis Trident 
 Alexander ALX500
12  10th Anniversary HKSAR
1068
101
1,250
07/07
32
20021
(39602)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Dennis Trident
 Duple Metsec
10.6  Standard
3601
26
2,000
10/07
2008
33
20022
(MB111N)
 Model Bus
 Evolution
 Dennis Dragon 
 Duple Metsec
12  Year of the Rat
DA96
113
1,000
02/08
34
20023
(80891)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
12  Standard with 
 10th Anniversary decals
5501
8P
1,400
09/08
35
20025
(MB112)
 Model Bus
 Revolution
 Dennis Dragon
 Duple Metsec
12  Standard
DA93
M590
1,680
11/08
2009
36
20024
(80893)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
12  Year of the Ox
5508
112
1,500
01/09
37
20026
(80895)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
12  Standard
 with Euro 4 decals
5502
4
1,300
02/09
38
20029
(80897)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
12  Standard
5517
2X
1,500
05/09
39
20028
(92204)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Volvo Olympian
 Alexander RX
11  Standard
VA60
2
1,500
06/09
40
20027
(10108)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Neoplan
 Centroliner
12  Standard
6001
8P
1,380
06/09
2010
41
20031
(80899)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
12  Year of the Tiger
5501
601
1,288
02/10
2011
42
20032
(80811)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
12  Year of the Rabbit
5503
111
1,088
01/11
43 20033
(92210)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Volvo Olympian
 Alexander
11  Rickshaw
 Sightseeing Bus
VA51 H2 1,500 08/11
2012
44 20034
(80813)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
12  Year of the Dragon 5538 680 1,088 01/12
45 20036
(80814)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
12  Standard 5537 948 1,388 03/12
46 20035
(38506)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Dennis Trident
 Alexander ALX500
12  Standard 1039 798 1,388 03/12
2013
47 20037
(80816)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
12  Year of the Snake 5553 307 1,088 02/13
48 20039
(38707)
 80M Bus
 Model 
 Dennis Trident
 Alexander ALX500
10.6  Standard 1657 19 1,388 08/13
49 20040
(80890)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Dennis Condor 
 Duple Metsec
11  Standard DM18 4 1,488 08/13
50 808201  80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
12  Standard 5518 18P 1,500 09/13
51 20041
(38512)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Dennis Trident
 Alexander ALX500
12  Hong Kong - Asia's World City 1014 106 1,000 11/13
52 20044
(MB113)
 Model Bus
 Evolution
 Dennis Dragon 
 Duple Metsec
12  St John DA93 590 1,388 12/13
2014
53 20043
(80899)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
12  Year of the Horse 5539 682 1,088 01/14
54 20042
(80815)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
12  Asia World City 5505 112 1,500 03/14
2015
55 20045
(80822)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500
12  Year of the Goat 5568 720 1,088 02/15
56 20046
(63306)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG hybrid
12  Hybrid decals 5600 8 1,444 07/15
57 20047
(63307)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG hybrid
12  Hybrid decals 5600 8 1,444 07/15
2016
58 20048
(80554)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG
12  Year of the Monkey 5618 2 1,200 01/16
59 20049
(63310)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG
12  Standard 5610 8P 889 03/16
60 20050
(63311)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG
12  Standard 4639 106 889 03/16
61 84003*  80M Bus
 Model
 Dennis Trident
 Alexander ALX500
12  All-over advertising
 'Daikin' (blue)
1023 18 700 03/16
62 20051
(63312)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG
12  Rickshaw
 Sightseeing Bus
5663 H1 888 06/16
63 20052
(63011)
 Model 1  Volvo Olympian
 Alexander
12  Route 18X branding VA75 18X 989 08/16
64 20053
(63012)
 Model 1  Volvo Olympian
 Alexander
12  Route 798 branding VA76 798 989 08/16
65 20054
(63013)
 Model 1  Volvo Olympian
 Alexander
12  Driver recruitment decals VA67 111 688 08/16
66 84005*  80M Bus
 Model
 Volvo B10TL
 Alexander ALX500
12  All-over advertising
 'Daikin' (purple)
5068 720 450 08/16
67 20055
(63430)
 Model 1  Dennis Trident
 Alexander ALX500
 (part open top)
12  Rickshaw
 Sightseeing Bus
1215 H1 1194 08/16
68 20056
(63431)
 Model 1  Dennis Trident
 Alexander ALX500
 (part open top)
12  Rickshaw
 Sightseeing Bus
1217 H1 1194 08/16
69 180126*  Best
 Choose
 Dennis Condor
 Duple Metsec
12  All-over advertising
 'Be a voter'
DL43 10 325 09/16
70 180127*  Best
 Choose
 Dennis Condor
 Duple Metsec
12  All-over advertising
 'Be a voter'
DL43 82 325 09/16
71 20057
(63331)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro500
12  Standard 5705 970X 800 11/16
72 20058
(63332)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro500
12  Standard 5700 720 800 11/16
73 20059
(63333)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro500
12  Standard 5670 796C 800 11/16
74 CR168001*  80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG
12  All-over advertising
 'Hang Heung Cake Shop'
5591 116 480 11/16
75 CB17*  AsianBus  Guy Arab Mk V
 Tow Truck
7.6  Orange/green AD4563 - 672 12/16
76 CB18*  AsianBus  Guy Arab Mk V
 Tree Trimmer
8  Orange/green DE7931 - 672 12/16
2017
77 20060
(63338)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro500
12  Year of the Rooster 5686 101 1,318 01/17
78 20061
(63340)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro500
12.8  Standard 6103 8P 800 05/17
79 20062
(63341)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro500
12.8  Standard 6104 2A 800 05/17
80 20063
(63342)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro500
12.8  Standard 6113 82X 800 05/17
81 20064  80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro400
10.4  Standard 3800 15 1,083 08/17
82 20065  80M Bus
 Model
 Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro400
10.4  Standard 3805 9 1,084 08/17
83 20067
(63507)
 Model 1  Volvo Olympian
 Alexander 
11  All-over advertising
 'Weisen U'
VA36 113 438 11/17
84 20068
(63508)
 Model 1  Volvo Olympian
 Alexander
11  All-over advertising
 'Weisen U'
VA36 65 450 11/17
85 20066  80M Bus
 Model
 Neoplan
 Centroliner
12  All-over advertising
 'Japan National Tourism Org'
6026 106 400 11/17
86 63344  Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro500
12.8  Happy Retirement ? ? no
cert.
12/17
2018
87 20071
(63603)
 Model 1  Volvo B9TL
 Wrights Gemini 2
11.3  Standard 4503 91 6883 02/18
88 20072
(63604)
 Model 1  Volvo B9TL
 Wrights Gemini 2
11.3  Standard 4520 23 868 02/18
89 20074
(80834)
 80M Bus
 Model
 Volvo B9TL
 Wrights Gemini 2
11.3  Year of the Dog 4508 38 1,000 02/18
90 20069
(63601)
 Model 1  Volvo B9TL
 Wrights Gemini 2
11.3  Standard 4523 42 6882 02/18
91 20070
(63602)
 Model 1  Volvo B9TL
 Wrights Gemini 2
11.3  Standard 4500 30X 688 02/18
92 20073
(63605)
 Model 1  Volvo B9TL
 Wrights Gemini 2
11.3  Standard 4508 970 868 02/18
93 20075
(63661)
 Model 1  Volvo B10TL
 Alexander ALX500
12  Standard 5002 2X 900 12/18
94 20076
(63662)
 Model 1  Volvo B10TL
 Alexander ALX500
12  Standard 5012 796X 900 12/18
95 20077
(63663)
 Model 1  Volvo B10TL
 Alexander ALX500
12  Standard 5040 905 900 12/18
96 20078
(63664)
 Model 1  Volvo B10TL
 Alexander ALX500
12  Standard 5052 948 900 12/18
97 20079
(63665)
 Model 1  Volvo B10TL
 Alexander ALX500
12  Standard 5084 111 900 12/18
98 20080
(63666)
 Model 1  Volvo B10TL
 Alexander ALX500
12  Standard 5103 682 900 12/18
2019
99 20081
(63345)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro500
12.8  Year of the Pig 6188 - 918 02/19
100 20082
(63393)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG 
11.3  Standard 4047 23 1,195 06/19
101 20083
(63394)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 Enviro500NG 
11.3  Standard 4051 970X 1,195 06/19
102 20084
(63514)
 Model 1  Volvo Olympian
 Alexander 
11  Standard VA5 81 1,250 09/19
103 20085
(63513)
 Model 1  Volvo Olympian
 Alexander
11  Standard VA38 38 1.250 09/19
104 20086
(63491)
 Model 1  Dennis Trident
 Duple Metsec
10.3  Standard 3330 9 1,433 09/19
105 20087
(63492)
 Model 1  Dennis Trident
 Duple Metsec
10.3  Standard 3351 14 1,433 09/19
106 20088
(63493)
 Model 1  Dennis Trident
 Duple Metsec
10.3  Standard 3301 15 1,433 09/19
2020
107 20092  Go Idea  Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro500
12.8  Year of the Rat 6111 601 668 01/20
108 20089  Go Idea  Volvo B9TL
 Wrights Gemini 2
12  Standard 5200 2 973 02/20
109 20090  Go Idea  Volvo B9TL
 Wrights Gemini 2
12  Standard 5209 701 973 02/20
110 20091  Go Idea  Volvo B9TL
 Wrights Gemini 2
12  Standard 5221 109 972 02/20
111ATC76011* Tiny Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro400
10.4 Standard3803X15no
cert.
08/20
112ATC76012* Tiny Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro400
10.4 Standard383163no
cert.
08/20
113ATC76013* Tiny Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro400
10.4 Standard3804601no
cert.
08/20
114 20095
(63373)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro400
10.4  Standard 3800 X15 833 09/20
115 20096
(63374)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro400
10.4  Standard 3803 14 833 09/20
116 20097
(63375)
 Model 1  Alexander Dennis
 'facelift' Enviro400
10.4  Standard 3838 N691 833 09/20
11763601C Model 1 Volvo B9TL
 Wrights Gemini 2
11.3 Standard with Model 1
 10th anniversay decals
452342688212/20
11863603A Model 1 Volvo B9TL
 Wrights Gemini 2
11.3 Standard with Model 1
 10th anniversay decals
450391688312/20
2021
11920098
(63625)
 Model 1 Volvo B8L
 Wrights Gemini 3
12 Year of the Ox52301850002/21
12020093
(63621)
 Model 1 Volvo B8L
 Wrights Gemini 3
12 Standard52308P1,16804/21
12120094
(63622)
 Model 1 Volvo B8L
 Wrights Gemini 3
12 Standard52326821,16804/21
122XB001 NP Model Neoplan
 Centroliner
12 Original 'Wave' 600872020005/21
123XB002 NP Model Neoplan
 Centroliner
12 Original 'Wave' 601869420005/21
124XB003 NP Model Neoplan
 Centroliner
12 Original 'Wave' 60082X20005/21
12563077* Model 1 Leyland Olympian
 Alexander
11 Road safety decalsLM681?due
12663078* Model 1 Leyland Olympian
 Alexander
11 Road safety decalsLM723?due
12763079* Model 1 Leyland Olympian
 Alexander
11 Road safety decalsLM9109?due
12820099
(64401)
 Model 1 Neoplan
 Centroliner
12 Original 'Wave' 60082X1,200due
12920100
(64402)
 Model 1 Neoplan
 Centroliner
12 Standard6025720650due
13020101
(64403)
 Model 1 Neoplan
 Centroliner
12 Standard602718X750due
      
Notes :-    model number used by the model manufacturer is shown in brackets
*  model not licensed by the bus operator
1  model is one of three contained in a gift set for Hongkong Post
2  the quantity is shared between 63601 and 63601C
3  the quantity is shared between 63603 and 63603A
    models generally only issued in Hong Kong and any UK
    release dates and quantities, if known, are shown in brackets
 

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