The new MAZ 271 apron bus turned out to be stylish: a slender silhouette in the shape of a sharpened pencil, a wide cabin with panoramic glazing and doors on both sides. LED headlights are striking in the back, and there are no rear-view mirrors in the front – instead, they use a screen and video cameras, the press service of the Minsk Automobile Plant reports.
The novelty went far ahead of its predecessor – MAZ 171. Moreover, they did not create anything similar to the Minsk Automobile Plant before.
The new shuttle was huge: length – 14.48 meters, width – 3.19, and height – 3.25. The cabin accommodates up to 112 people. You can get inside through double doors – three on each side. When landing, the peeling system is triggered and the floor tilts. A wheelchair is provided for people in a wheelchair. Boarding and disembarking of passengers occurs quickly, so that no one crowds on the street.
An important detail: the exhaust pipe is brought out on both sides of the bus, but when the doors open, the pipe on this side is blocked. Thus, the exhaust gases exit through the pipe from the opposite side, which allows passengers to breathe clean air.
There are few seats for passengers – only 14. If desired, additional rows can be supplied at the plant, although now airports are leaning toward standing places. Inside, there is a lot of light due to large windows, and in the evening the LED backlight turns on. “Weather” is also under control: a powerful air conditioner cools the interior in the heat and warms in the cold. For severe weather, there are heaters.
The bus is equipped with a Daimler Euro-5 engine for 238 “horses”, which is paired with an Allison automatic transmission. The engine compartment is combined with the driver’s cab, and the drive goes to the front wheels. And when developing the shuttle, fiberglass was widely used. Many elements are made of it.
The novelty is presented at the Borispol airport with the participation of Valery Ivankovich, Director General of OJSC MAZ, and Pavel Ryabikin, head of the Borispol International Airport. In the next six months, five more MAZ 271 units will be delivered here. At the end of last year, MAZ delivered five city buses MAZ 203 to Kiev. In general, the Ukrainian market became the second largest for the Minsk Automobile Plant. Since 2005, the Minsk Automobile Plant has delivered 1,500 units of passenger equipment to our country. Every year, the regions of Ukraine buy about 250 MAZ buses.