UK: Whippet to Expand and Upgrade Its FlixBus Coaches

FlixBus’ Cambridge-based operating partner, Whippet is investing in 14 MAN Neoplan P20 vehicles to expand and upgrade its fleet of coaches.

The operator is replacing its current FlixBus fleet and adding an additional 12 vehicles to expand the network.

The MAN Neoplan P20s have been tailored for FlixBus operations and will offer high levels of passenger comfort and advanced features to support coach drivers.

FlixBus Whippet
Whippet’s new fleet will consist of MAN Neoplan P20s, tailored to meet the FlixBus specification
Tony Williamson, CEO Asia, Europe, Latin America at Ascendal Group, Whippet's parent company, said:

“Updating our full FlixBus fleet means improving our on-board customer experience, with a brand-new interior which offers an outstanding level of comfort.

“As ever, FlixBus has supported us in reviewing the range of manufacturers available without dictating which vehicle make or model to put on to the network. We are able to make a decision that works for us both, and this speaks to the true partnership we enjoy.”

Whippet delivers key routes on the FlixBus network, including the first direct service between Manchester, Birmingham, Cambridge London and Paris, which launched in summer 2022.

The new routes served by the additional coaches will be released later this year.

Andreas Schorling, Managing Director of FlixBus said:

“Whippet has been a key cornerstone of our network since day one, so we are delighted to be expanding the network together with the historic and reputable operator.

“We had a phenomenally successful 2022, and momentum is only increasing on our way to becoming the largest coach provider in the UK. We are building the future of coach travel through bold plans to increase the destinations on our network this year in line with customer demand.”

FlixBus continues to expand substantially in the UK and was recently named part of the top five fastest-growing travel companies of 2022 by Similar Web.

The next step in its global expansion will be its launch in Chile in 2023.

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