Eagle Corporation Private Limited, a Rajkot-based private travel operator has roped-in noted automobile designer, Dilip Chhabria for the designing of its special coaches, under the special service called 'Club One'. The premium luxury bus service will cater to high-end customers and will be launched on the Rajkot-Ahmedabad route post Diwali.
In the coming one year, Eagle Corporation has planned to invest Rs 40 crore on designing and will also purchase 20 Volvo B-9 R buses specially designed by DC Designs, the firm founded by Chhabria.
"Keeping in mind the executive class offered by airlines, we have decided to launch special 'Club One' bus service between Rajkot - Ahmedabad for elite class of people in Gujarat. We will purchase 20 new Volvo buses and invest about Rs 40 crore on designing by December 2013," said Jayendra Bavaria, managing director of Eagle Corporation Pvt Ltd. The company will launch two buses under the Club One service after Diwali.
Chhabria, promoter of the automotive design firm DC Design said, "We will be designing specialised buses for Eagle Corporation Private limited. The first lot would be Volvo coaches."
While his firm already designs customised Volvo coaches, Chhabria clarified that these would be an entirely new generation of buses, and not the standard customisations on offer at the moment.
Through its Club One bus service, Eagle Corporation plans to offer most of those facilities that are being offered at the executive class of any airline. These will include facilities such as personalised LCD monitor for each seat, Wi-Fi internet service, food and bus stewardess among others.
For food supplies, Eagle Corporation has tied up with Ahmedabad-based Tomato’s Restaurant.
"Club One is the first of its kind service in the western part of India. After Rajkot-Ahmedabad route, we will include more destinations like Dwarka, Somanth, Bhuj and also connect leading cities of other states," said Bavaria.
Eagle Corporation is a group company of Eagle Group Private Limited in Rajkot and has been in the public transport business for last 35 years with its services connecting to neighbouring states including Maharashtra and Rajasthan. The company has a fleet of 85 buses, out of which 32 are Volvo and Mercedes Benz buses.
The company grossed Rs 40 crore last year and it is targeting 25 per cent growth in the current fiscal with a targeted turnover of around Rs 50-55 crore.