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New Flyer Industries Inc.
Type Public
Founded 1930 (as Western Auto and Truck Body Works Ltd)
Founder(s) John Coval
Headquarters Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Area served Canada, United States, Latin America, Brazil
Key people Paul Soubry - CEO
Industry Transit
Products Heavy-duty transit buses

New Flyer Industries Inc. is a bus manufacturer in North America, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It also has factories in Crookston and St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA.


New Flyer was founded by John Coval in 1930 as the Western Auto and Truck Body Works Ltd. Reflecting an increased focus on bus manufacturing, it changed its name in 1948 to Western Flyer Coach. In the 1960s the company further focused on the urban transit bus market. Once again it changed its name to Flyer Industries Limited in 1971. On July 15, 1986, Jan den Oudsten, a descendant of the family who created the Dutch company Den Oudsten Bussen BV, purchased Flyer Industries, changing its name to New Flyer Industries Limited. Den Oudsten Bussen B.V was a bus manufacturer in its native country, the Netherlands. New Flyer subsequently introduced North America's first low-floor bus, delivering the D40LF to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1991. In 2001, the delivery of 6300 low-floor buses represented close to half of the North American fleet, confirming New Flyer as the dominant player in the transit bus manufacturing industry in North America, a role previously held by the now defunct Flxible.

In March 2002, New Flyer was acquired by KPS Special Situations Fund in New York. Also in the same year, Mr. den Oudsten retired as CEO of New Flyer Industries Ltd. and has recently been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the[American Public Transportation Association.

On December 15, 2003, New Flyer announced that Harvest Partners, Inc., a New York-based private equity firm, had entered into definitive agreements to acquire New Flyer Industries Limited, from KPS Special Situations Fun [[Lightyear Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, joined Harvest as a co-investor in the transaction. John Marinucci, CEO of New Flyer, said, "This is exciting news for New Flyer" And he went on to say that KPS specializes in turning around struggling businesses and that they typically do not hold assets after the turnaround has been accomplished. And that ever since the KPS purchase, New Flyer had achieved excellent operational and financial performance. He especially praised the employees.

In 2004, New Flyer received an order of low-floor trolleybuses from the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority; the order consists of 188 E40LFR units and 40 E60LFR units. The first E40LFR was delivered in July 2005, and the rest of the units will be delivered beginning August 2006.

2005 also saw the introduction of optional redesigned front and rear endcaps for their buses. The new endcaps are an attempt to modernize and streamline the look of their fleet, which is more or less a box on wheels. Also, a new "R" suffix (not an official designation) was applied on all units produced with the new endcaps. The redesigned endcaps made their debut with the 2005 E40LFR order from the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority.

On May 16, 2007 New Flyer of America Inc has been awarded a procurement for up to a total of 715 60-foot articulated buses from King County Metro (KCM) in Seattle, WA. This order includes a firm order for 22 hybrids with options for up to 493 diesel or hybrid buses for KCM and 200 assignable options for a total value of up to US $514 million, which was included in the order backlog reported in New Flyer’s 2007 First Quarter Financial Report.

In 2003, KCM awarded what was then the largest ever order of hybrid buses (213) to New Flyer. The success of that program and those buses helped position New Flyer as the leader in hybrid bus manufacturing in the US and Canada. Should KCM execute all options as hybrids, this order will establish KCM as having one of the largest hybrid bus fleets in the world.

In October 2008, New Flyer Industries Canada ULC was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine. Later that month, New Flyer was also named one of Manitoba's Top Employers, which was announced by the Winnipeg Free Press newspaper.[1]

In May 2012, New Flyer and Alexander Dennis Limited announced a new joint-venture to design and manufacture medium-duty low-floor bus (or midi bus) for the North American market. New Flyer will handle production and marketing, and Alexander Dennis will handle the engineering and testing.[2]

Bus models

Each designation is preceded by a letter before the model name, which is given below.

Model designations

Current prefixes

Current suffixes

  • A: BRT models
  • R: Re-styled front end

Square-headlight units do not have a suffix.

Past prefixes

  • F: Fuel cell bus (now designated H)
  • H: Hybrid-electric diesel-fueled bus (now DE)

Past suffixes

  • i Invero low-floor bus
  • S Suburban coach
  • V Viking over-the-road model

Current production

Model Length Photo Introduced Notes
30LF(R) 30 feet
(9.144 meters)
RIPTA New Flyer C30LF 0201.jpg 1996
  • Not available in GE or E versions
  • Only D version currently available as LFR, currently only as a demo
35 feet
(10.668 meters)
SEATNewFlyer.jpg 1996
  • Not available in E version
  • Only D and GE version currently available as LFR
40 feet
(12.192 meters)
NFI D40LF.jpg
Abqride 729.jpg
Vancouver trolley2101 050720.jpg
1989(LF) 2005(LFR)
40 or 60 feet
(12.192 or 18.288 meters)
New Flyer Advanced Styling BRT.jpg
HealthLine 1.jpg
  • Available only in D or DE versions for 60LFA
  • Available only in C, D, DE, or GE versions for 40LFA
41LF(R) 41 feet
(12.497 meters)
Cathybrid.jpg 2005
  • Available in DE version only
60LF(R) 60 feet
(18.288 meters)
Rutgers University New Flyer D60LF 2014.jpg
Rapid Ride.jpg
  • Not available in C, L, or GE versions
Xcelsior[4] 41 feet
(12.497 meters)
New Flyer Xcelsior.jpg 2008
  • 10% weight reduction compared to previous models
  • Available in D and DE versions.

Discontinued models

Western Auto & Truck Body Works
Model Introduced Retired Notes Photo
Western Auto & Truck Body Works
Buda Lo-525 1937 1941? 32 seat bus first bus produced by new company; sold to Grey Goose Bus Lines
Western Flyer Coach
Western Flyer (no official model name) 1941 1941 front engine highway coach
T-28 1945 1945 28 seat highway coach
T-32 1945 1959 32 seat gas engine highway coach
T-36 1950 1955 36 seat standard highway coach
T36 1955 ? 36 seat two-level 40-2L body
Canuck 1953 diesel rear engine prototype
P-37 "Canuck" 1955 37 seat gasoline rear engine
C-40 1949 1955 40 passenger intercity bus
T-40 1949 1955 40 passenger transit bus version of C-40
P-37 "Canuck" 1955 1958 37 passenger intercity coach
P-41 "Canuck" 1958 1964 41 passenger diesel rear engine intercity bus
D500 "Canuck" 1964 1967 31' 35-37 seat diesel rear engine
D600 "Canuck" 1967 1968 stretched version of D500; 38' 43-45 seat diesel rear engine
Flyer Industries
D700/D700A 1968 1974 similar to the Flxible New Look buses
E700/E700A 1968 1973 Trolleybus version of the D700/A; D700A shells sold to TTC to rebuild Canada Car and Foundry T48-T6 and T48A-T4 cars and re-classified as E700A-T8
D800/D800B 1974 1981 This model is based on the AM General Metropolitan which
itself was an updated version of the D700[5]
E800/E800A 1974 1978 Trolleybus version of the D800/B. Notable operators of the E800 were the MBTA in Boston, Massachusetts and Muni in San Francisco, California. Boston's E800s were unique in that they had an extra set of doors on the driver's side of the bus, necessary for operation in the Harvard Square bus tunnel. The E800A was delivered only to Hamilton. MBTA Flyer E800 4029.jpg
D900 1978 1980
D901/D901A 1980 1986 TTC New Flyer D901 6046.jpg
E901A 1981 1982 This speciality trolley model was built for Vancouver Translink-2744.jpg
D902 1984 1984 This speciality model was built for San Francisco AFlyerD902CopBusInSanFranciscoParkedThere.jpg
E902 1982 1984 This speciality trolley model was built for Vancouver
New Flyer Industries
C40/D40/L40 1987 1999 Also known as the C40HF, D40HF and L40HF respectively. CT Transit New Flyer D40HF 965.jpg
D35 1988 1997 Also known as the D35HF.
D60/E60 1988 2004 Also known as the "Galaxy" articulated or D60HF and E60HF respectively. The E60 was only built from 1992-1994 for San Francisco. MTA New York City Bus Select Bus New Flyer D60HF 5766.jpg
D40S 1988 mid 1990s A suburban version of the D40; manufactured for Canadian operators only.
D45S 1988 mid 1990s Canada model only
F40LF 1996 1996 This model is a fuel cell (Hydrogen) test.
D45S ITV 1998 1999 This model is named as "Viking" Coach bus. 104 units made
for Houston METRO and the NYC Transit Authority.
NYCTA New Flyer D45V 998.jpg
D40i/DE40i 2001 2007 Aspen. NFI DE40i.jpg

Source: New Flyer Industries Inc.

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Plant Location Year opened Year closed Notes
Winnipeg Manufacturing Facility Fort Gary, Manitoba 1964 Built for Western Flyer Coach and later for Flyer Industries; NFI shell and parts manufacturing for St Cloud and Crookston plants
St. Cloud Manufacturing Facility St. Cloud, MN 1999 Invero models - full production and finishing
Crookston Manufacturing Facility Crookston, MN 1996 CNG and LNG finishing; final assembly for all other buses


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