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General

New World First Bus Services Limited (First Bus, or "NWFB") was established in 1998, taking over China Motor Bus's franchise to provide bus services on Hong Kong Island together with Citybus. It is the third largest public bus operator in Hong Kong.

It mainly serves Hong Kong Island, parts of Tseung Kwan O and Western Kowloon. It also provides cross-harbour routes linking between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon or New Territories jointly with Kowloon Motor Bus.

The company currently possesses over 700 buses, and operateing over 100 franchised routes with over 2,000 staff. Since 18 August 2002, the complete bus fleet are air-conditioned (except one open-top bus). All buses are equipped with Octopus smart card payment system. Near 80% of the buses are Super Low Floor.

The company was initially jointly owned by the First Group of UK and NWS Holdings Limited (http://www.nws.com.hk). In early 2004, First Group's ownership was passed to Chow Tai Fook.

In 2004, it expanded its service to Kunming, Yunnan.

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A Volvo Super Olympian serving in Sai Kung.

Bus Fleet

Double Deck Air-conditioned Buses (First-hand)

  • Dennis Trident
    • Bodied with Alexander ALX500 body
      • 211 * 12 metres (Fleet number: 1001-1190, 1201-1221) (1201-1209 were sold to Citybus in December 2003)
      • 30 * 11.3 metres (Fleet number: 1401-1430)
      • 62 * 10.6 metres (Fleet number: 1601-1662) (42 of them were sold to Kowloon-Canton Railway in December 2004 - April 2005)
    • Bodied with Duple MetSec DM5000 body
      • 62 * 12 metres (Fleet number: 3001-3062)
      • 1 * 10.6 metres (Fleet number: 3601)
      • 60 * 10.3 metres (Low-height Body) (Fleet number: 3301-3360)
  • Volvo Super Olympian (Alexander ALX500 body)
    • 103 * 12 metres (Fleet number: 5001-5103)

Single Deck Air-conditioned Buses (First-hand)

  • Dennis Dart (Plaxton Pointer 2 body)
    • 42 * 10.7 metres (Fleet number: 2001-2042) (20 of them were sold to UK in 2001, 10 of them to Kowloon Motor Bus in 2003)
    • 34 * 10.1 metres (Fleet number: 2061-2094) (2066-2075 were sold to UK in 1999 - 2000)

Double Deck Air-conditioned Buses (Second-hand)

  • Bought from China Motor Bus
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These were two second-handed Volvo Olympian air-conditioned buses of New World First Bus (NWFB) brought from China Motor Bus (CMB). The one on the right had been repainted with the livery of NWFB, while the one on the left was still remained in the livery of CMB.
    • 92 * 11 metres Dennis Condor with Duple MetSec body,
      (Fleet number: DA1-DA92) (some were sold to Dubai/UK in 2004 - 2005)
    • 62 * 11 metres Volvo Olympian with Alexander R-type body,
      (Fleet number: VA1-VA61, VA63)
    • 25 * 11 metres Leyland Olympian with Alexander R-type body,
      (Fleet number: LA1-LA25)
  • Bought from Hong Kong Air Cargo Limited (HACTL)
    • 4 * 12 metres Dennis Dragon with Duple MetSec body,
      (Fleet number: DA93-DA96)
    • 2 * 12 metres Volvo Olympian with Alexander R-type body,
      (Fleet number: VA65-VA66)

Double Deck Open-top Buses (Second-hand)

  • Bought from China Motor Bus
    • 1 * 11 metres Dennis Condor with Duple MetSec body,
      (Fleet number: DM6)

See also

Rival operators include:

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