>250 Mio. EUR
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In 2016, ÖBB decided to take over night train connections from Deutsche Bahn and to continue them. At the end of 2020, it was announced that ÖBB would further expand its current 19 Nightjet connections to 26 lines through new cooperations. Background therefore: that it was expected that user numbers would double from 1.5 million in the pre-Covid 19 era to just under three million.
The night train, a proven concept for success, is used primarily by young people and families. Therefore, the vehicle concept of the "new generation Nightjets" was designed to match this: The seven-car Nightjets of the new generation have two seating cars, three couchette cars and two sleeping cars. In the new couchette car concept, additional mini suites for solo travelers offer even more privacy and ensure a pleasant and relaxed arrival at the destination. Guests in the standard or deluxe sleeping car compartments will find a WC and shower facilities in their compartment, while families will continue to have family compartments available as before. A new feature on board the new Nightjets is free WLAN, which was previously limited to Railjets on long-distance services.
Customer needs are the focus of the new Nightjets, and a new approach has been adopted to achieve this: The new generation of long-distance trains was consistently developed from the customer's point of view right from the start, and customers were involved in the design process for the development of the new night trains at various stages. As the most climate- and environmentally friendly means of transport, rail can thus replace more and more CO2-intensive short-haul flights.
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While countries like Germany and France discontinued their routes in recent years, ÖBB saw a future and took over many of Deutsche Bahn's abandoned routes, including Munich to Rome and Berlin to Hamburg. "Nightjet" sleeper trains now account for nearly 20 percent of ÖBB's long-distance traffic. Costumer-demand is increasing, not least because passengers want to reduce their environmental footprint and arrive at their destination comfortably and well-rested. With its decision in 2016, ÖBB set the course for four new Nightjet routes in cooperation with Deutsche Bahn, French SNCF and Swiss Federal Railways from now (2020) over the next four years.
ÖBB - Personenverkehr AG, Österreich, Austria
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