On Sunday 8 November 2015 ONTC (Oman National Transport Company) launched the new brand Mwasalat with the tagline ‘Your Destination Is Ours’.
Based on a multi-year master plan, ONTC are going to carry out their public transport ambitions for the future under this brand. The launch of Mwasalat also marked the kick-off for the first phase of the master plan, with the presentation of the new buses for this first phase, including the VDL Citea SLF. In order to give a strong boost to public transport in the capital city Muscat, ONTC ordered no fewer than 40 Citeas SLF from VDL Bus & Coach in the spring of 2015.
VDL Citea SLF
The Citea SLF (Low Floor), with its completely flat floor, is the ideal city bus. The low floor construction makes it exceptionally easy to enter the bus and offers optimal access, for travellers with a baby buggy or wheelchair for example. The Citeas for Oman are equipped with a climate control system with additional capacity, ensuring that the passengers can travel in comfort, even during extremely hot times of the year.
Oman National Transport Company (ONTC) was founded in 1972. The company's mission statement is succinct yet strong: to provide the Sultanate of Oman with safe, accessible and reliable public transport services. ONTC wishes to provide attractive public transport by creating an optimal national network with comfortable, efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles. The fleet currently consists of some 200 buses. These buses are used for school, city and regional transport and long-distance and international travel. The company has around 320 employees.
About VDL Bus & Coach
The core activities of VDL Bus & Coach consist of the development, manufacturing, sales and after-sales service of a wide range of buses, coaches and chassis modules and the purchase and sales of second-hand buses as well. VDL Bus & Coach consists of multiple bus companies that operate cooperatively in the global market. Manufacturing takes place in the Netherlands and Belgium.
VDL Bus & Coach places aspects such as quality, safety, durability, comfort, the environment, low fuel consumption and low maintenance costs in high regard.
Sales of VDL Bus & Coach products take place through a worldwide network consisting of corporate-owned sales offices, importers and agents in more than 30 countries. This makes it possible to offer custom-made transport solutions.
For after-sales service and maintenance, the client can count on rapid, hassle-free assistance from VDL Bus & Coach employees in any of the many service locations.
An extensive distribution network ensures that spare parts and accessories are delivered to the requested destination as quickly as possible.
VDL Bus & Coach is one of the largest bus producers in Europe.
VDL Groep, with its head office in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), is an international industrial company focused on the development, production and sales of semi-finished products, buses & coaches and other finished products and the assembly of cars. Since the founding in 1953 this family-owned company has grown to include 85 operating companies, spread over 19 countries with more than 10,000 employees. The strength of VDL Groep lies in the mutual cooperation between the companies.