Long-time Prevost Partner Receives First All-new H3-45
Shortly after the redesigned Prevost H3-45 was unveiled, it started to appear on roads across the country. In late January, Village Travel was the first tour operator in the United States to take delivery of an updated H3-45.
“We’ve owned several H3-45s since 1997. We heard the new H3-45 was coming and placed an order in advance because we’re confident when Prevost makes changes, they’re going to be positive,” Jeff Arensdorf, owner of Village Travel, said.
Village Travel is a family-owned business based in Wichita, KS, that has seven locations, more than 160 coaches and 449 employees. Led by Arensdorf, the company serves the charter, group tour and entertainer markets and also operates a full-line travel agency. In 2022, with offices throughout the Midwest, Village recorded 9.2 million miles driven, 10,805 charter groups served and 6,295 tour passengers hosted.
In the coming months, Village is scheduled to receive 11 more of the next generation H3-45s to add to its fleet.
As each H3-45 arrives, Village applies its signature branding and introduces its drivers to the motorcoach. That’s important because Prevost made substantial changes to the driver area, including an intuitive dash with automotive-styling, a full-color digital and analog instrument cluster and push-button start.
Another change is apparent upfront. For easier boarding, the entrance has been enlarged, there’s now 300% more lighting and an updated handrail. Plus, there are other passenger enhancements.
“We went with the Cloud One seats from Prevost. We had our team members sit in them and they’re very comfortable,” Arensdorf said. “And, while it’s a little thing, it’s a big deal to us that passengers can now turn off their individual speaker over their seat. That really makes things better for our customers and our tour directors.”
Prevost’s Cloud One was introduced in 2021 and combines form, function, and style for passenger comfort. Its ergonomic elements include lumbar support, an adjustable seat pan and a headrest and seat belt that can be positioned by each individual passenger. The seats also have a striking design. They’re made from premium materials and are accented with attractive stitching and piping.
“Overall, the H3-45 looks and feels modern. It’s set up for years to be relevant in terms of style and functionality,” Arensdorf added.