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Israel's first business class bus will soon take to the road after vehicle manufacturer Merkavim presented the bus in Tel Aviv on Monday.
Merkavim was commissioned to develop the bus by transportation company Tourbus and set out to base the design around the concept of business class sections on airplanes. The bus is intended to cater to groups of businessmen, managers and boards of directors, ministers and special tourist groups from abroad, Merkavim said.
The business bus comes equipped with 34 luxury seats in the front section that adjust to a lying position and television screens for the travelers' use. The back section of the bus includes a closed meeting room that seats seven people and is equipped with multi-media facilities.
Merkavim built the bus over a period of six months at an investment of NIS one million, and the bus has also been standardized for use in Europe. Each bus costs Euro 220,000 to make, it said.
Ilan Karni, a manager at Tourbus, said the bus will answer the needs of those travelers willing to pay extra for a higher level of service. The bus can be hired from Tourbus for approximately $600 per day for a journey of up to 200 km., or around 11 hours.