ISLAND Buses Limited launched the first three new proteus buses at the Land Transport Authority headquarters in Valelevu, Nasinu yesterday.
Company director Virendra Kewal said the buses were bought from Indonesia for $225,000 each and marked one of their biggest achievements for the year.
"The buses have high performance and advanced features compared to our existing buses," he said.
"We have to compete to provide quality service for bus passengers — and times are changing as well. We hope to invest in more buses next year to replace the old ones. We are planning to get another four new buses."
He said the new additions serviced the Suva-Nausori corridor last night.
In their bid for charity, the children of Dilkusha Home and the Mahaffey Home were the first passengers on board the luxury buses. They were also chief guests at the launch.
LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said they appreciated the initiative of bus companies to improve their services.
He said the authority had been working with the Fiji Bus Operators Association on improving those conditions and fruit of the negotiations was witnessed at the launch.
"These are big investments and it is not something that you can easily imagine," Mr Tuinaceva said.
He said bus operators were doing their job to improve services to commuters and the onus was on the public to be responsible citizens when travelling on buses.