posted on 23rd Feb 2021 13:47
On 23 February 2021, ÖBB and Siemens Mobility presented the exterior design for the new generation of the Nightjet trains. At the Siemens’s Wien works also first painted bodyshells are in final assembly.
The new seven-car trains are scheduled to start regular service in late 2022 and will first be used on the Austria to Italy and Germany to Italy services. The first 13 trainsets have already been ordered by ÖBB from a framework agreement with Siemens Mobility, and a further 20 trains are expected to be called up this year.
Leonore Gewessler, Austria’s Minister for Climate Protection: “In the fight against the climate crisis, Europe needs more climate-friendly mobility. A strong and extensive night train network is an important contribution here. That’s why we’ll be investing around 500 million EUR in the future of night trains in the coming years and can purchase 20 more nightjets. This not only means additional cars for our fleet, but also more destinations and more night train lines. The Nightjet is the best option for traveling between major European cities. Austria is - and will continue to be - the trendsetter for this service in the EU.”
Andreas Matthä, CEO of ÖBB: “The decision made in 2016 to enter the European night train business and steadily expand the night train network was absolutely right. We are already the largest provider of night train service in Europe and our investment in new trains will ensure that we can continue building on our pioneering role. By providing greater comfort and privacy, our new Nightjets will clearly focus on meeting the needs of passengers.”
The new Nightjets consist of two seating cars, three couchette cars, and two sleeping cars. The new couchette car concept offers additional mini-suites for single travelers that ensure a pleasant trip and relaxed arrival. Travel in the sleeping car will be even more comfortable since each of the standard and deluxe compartments has its own toilet and shower. The previously offered regular compartments will naturally still be available as well, with a new design.
Barrier-free overnight travel will also be possible. Each of the trains will have a multifunctional car with a low-floor entrance, a barrier-free couchette compartment, and a barrier-free toilet. A new feature of the coming Nightjet generation is the free WLAN service, which was previously available only on long-distance Railjet trains.