Peter Pan and MCI were both founded in 1933.

Peter Pan and MCI were both founded in 1933.

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Motor Coach Industries (MCI) announced delivery plans for 25 new clean-diesel J4500 coaches to Peter Pan Bus Lines (Peter Pan), according to the company's news release.

MCI delivered the first 10 motorcoaches to the bus operator in January 2023, spurring the order for 15 additional vehicles signed for at the American Bus Association’s Marketplace and BusWorld North America held in Detroit, MI, from Feb. 4-7, 2023.

Peter Pan operates a fleet of more than 200 coaches and delivers more than 1,000 daily departures to more than 100 destinations across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States.

This announcement coincides with a  milestone for both companies: the celebration of their 90th anniversary. Peter Pan and MCI were both founded in 1933.

"We are true-blue MCI," said Peter A. Picknelly, CEO of Peter Pan. "We started with the MC-8 in 1974, and since the 1980s, our fleet has been exclusively MCI."

Peter Pan, a scheduled service and charter company, was among the first operators to buy the popular DL model (MCI D4505) when it was introduced in 1993. When MCI launched the all-new J4500 in 2001, Peter Pan was the first operator to place a 12-coach order.

"MCI is a real workhorse," added Picknelly. "The J4500 is great for our line runs, and our charter customers enjoy its curb appeal and spacious interior. MCI has been a good partner. We are pleased with their service and access to parts."

The new motorcoaches are equipped with advanced safety features, modern amenities, and eco-friendly technology.

"Our productive partnership with Peter Pan spans a half-century; over this time, MCI earned Peter Pan's trust and confidence in the reliability of our vehicles, backed up by excellent service and aftermarket support," said Brent Maitland, VP of MCI Private Sector Sales and Marketing. "Our J4500 coach has gone through several evolutions since its market launch, and feedback from Peter Pan has been instrumental to MCI’s continuous improvement. The Peter Pan team strives to upgrade its fleet with the newest and the best vehicles, but not at the expense of reliability.”

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