DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, DECEMBER 11, 2018: (TSX:NFI) Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., ("NFI"), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, announced that Royal Star Hawaii, part of Stars of Paradise Tours & Attractions, a tourism and entertainment leader in Hawaii, has the newest fleet of motor coaches on the Island of Oahu and they're all MCI. And there's more to come!

Royal Star has taken delivery of six MCI coaches in November with the remainder of the twelve bus order planned for the first quarter of 2019. The first delivery includes two 2019 MCI J4500's with a 60-passenger seating capacity, wheelchair lifts, enhanced sound systems, and an on board lavatory. The other four coaches are 2019 D4505 coaches in the 63-passenger seating configuration including one wheelchair lift. All vehicles are equipped the Cummins / Allison B500 powertrain. Royal Star uses the J4500 for its deluxe Gold service and the D4505 to offer "smart money" Silver service to provide choice to all Hawaii market segments. The gold and silver service is distinguished through the distinctively different interior and exterior coach colors, including its custom Amaya seats, made-to-order fabric selections, as well as driver uniforms, and for its gold service, they offer guaranteed lavatory on board, mints and hand towels.

As a subsidiary of Stars of Paradise Tours & Attractions, Royal Star is the leading transportation provider to its parent's popular tour and entertainment venues including the Star of Honolulu, a 1,500 passenger excursion and sunset dinner cruise vessel, far and away the leader in the Hawaii cruise industry.

"We serve global tourism markets on Oahu with a fleet utilized around the clock," explains Ron Howard, President. "We've worked with MCI for more than 20 years because they have a focus on comfort, reliability and service equal to ours. From our first motor coach to now over 45 coaches in our fleet, MCI has been an important key in our quality of service and phenomenal growth since 1996."

Royal Star has recently constructed a modern $2 million maintenance facility at its new Honolulu complex, where MCI provides expert technical assistance and training, keeping Royal Star's maintenance technicians up-to-date to meet Royal Star's safety and reliability goals.

"At MCI, we're lucky to have many customers whose brands are synonymous with the territories we serve," said Patricia Ziska, MCI Vice President of Sales. "Royal Star is an affiliate of one of America's most innovative tourism companies, and MCI is proud to have our coaches be a part of their tour experience."

Known for its "Aloha on Wheels®" slogan, Royal Star has served Hawaii since 1996 from its headquarters in Honolulu. It claims many firsts, including the state's first 100 percent seat-belted fleet, 100 percent Drive Cam fleet, wheelchair lift services and guaranteed equipment booking by category with 1 hour minimums and clear pricing. About half of the company's passengers are inbound from Asia, with the rest coming from the mainland United States, Canada, Europe and Oceania as well as local residents.

Royal Star's popular USS Arizona and Missouri memorials tours marking the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor is ranked #4 of 366 tours and rated 5 stars on Trip Advisor as well as receiving their Certificate of Excellence Award 4 years running.

Stars of Paradise celebrated its 60th anniversary in Honolulu in 2017. In addition to the Star of Honolulu and its Paradise To Go services, Stars of Paradise also operates Dolphin Star cruises and the Island's popular Rock-A-Hula dinner and show at the Royal Hawaiian Center in the heart of Waikiki. All have been recognized with Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence.

About NFI Group

With nearly 6,000 team members, operating from 31 facilities across Canada and the United States, NFI is North America's largest bus manufacturer providing a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under several brands: New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), MCI® (motor coaches), and NFI Parts™ (parts, support, and service). NFI buses incorporate the widest range of drive systems available including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, and zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and fuel cell). For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, NFI posted revenues of US $2.4 billion. NFI common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information are available at

About Motor Coach Industries

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is North America's motor coach leader in public and private markets, offering the J4500 (the industry best-seller for 13 consecutive years) and the all-new J3500 model, and the workhorse D Series, including the breakthrough ADA-accessible MCI D45 CRT LE). MCI also supports nearly 30,000 MCI coaches on the road with maintenance, repair, 24-hour roadside assistance, and the industry's only Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accredited MCI Academy technician training center.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release may contain forward-looking statements relating to expected future events and financial and operating results of the NFI Group that involve risks and uncertainties. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, investors cannot be assured that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements, and the differences may be material. Actual results may differ materially from management expectations as projected in such forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including market and general economic conditions and economic conditions of and funding availability for customers to purchase an all-electric coach, there is not yet any operating experience with a production version of the all-electric coach, there may be no customer demand for this type of coach, the expected benefits for customers operating an all-electric coach may not be realized and the other risks and uncertainties discussed in the materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and available on SEDAR at Due to the potential impact of these factors, NFI Group disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable law.

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Patricia Plodzeen, MCI Public Relations
Tel: 847-283-0883

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