Motorcoach firm beefing up fleet

HONOLULU -- Superstar Hawaii Transit Service, a motorcoach charter company, is adding 12 new MCI Renaissance E Model motorcoaches to its fleet at a cost of almost $5 million.

It now has three of the 58-seat luxury touring coaches and will gradually increase the number, taking delivery of all 12 by next April.

The BMW-designed motorcoaches feature a circular stairway and advanced audio, video and public address systems. Other features include reclining seats, adjustable headrests, a restroom, and a separate desk and audio controls for the tour escort.

The final three Renaissance vehicles to be delivered will hold up to eight passengers with wheelchairs and will come equipped with a wheelchair lift.

Superstar, a charter motorcoach company, has the same owner as Paradise Cruise Ltd., which offers daily Pearl Harbor and dinner cruises on the 1,500-passenger Star of Honolulu.

The company started operating in October 1996 after purchasing the Oahu state operating certificates from Gray Line Hawaii, which was liquidated. It began expanding last year after receiving permanent operating certificates from the state.

The 12 Renaissance vehicles will bring its coach fleet to 39. It currently has five 57-seat Van Hool and 22 MCI coaches, with 53 to 57 seats, plus six smaller vehicles.

The company also offers one sightseeing tour of Pearl Harbor and Honolulu, including the Arizona Memorial and the battleship USS Missouri. Tickets are sold on a per seat basis. It provides Waikiki transfers for sister company Paradise Cruise, its biggest customer.

Superstar and Paradise Cruise
Phone: (800) 334-6191

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