posted on 25th Jan 2023 07:04
On 24 January 2023 Eurostar Group, incorporating Thalys and Eurostar, revealed the new brand to take the business forward, with a bold ambition to carry 30 million passengers a year by 2030 and become the backbone of sustainable travel in Europe. From the end of 2023, all customer touchpoints including the business’ 51 trains will carry a sleek new look under the Eurostar brand name. Eurostar was selected due to high consumer awareness at both a European and global level, including overseas which continues to be a growing market for high-speed rail services.
The new business has chosen an iconic star as its symbol and new logo inspired by l’Etoile du Nord, the original train service linking Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam and as a tribute to the first Eurostar logo. An animated spark graphic acts as a compass symbolising the brand purpose to spark new opportunities, connecting people, places, businesses, and cultures across borders. However, both trains were fitted with the new logos for one day only to unveil the new branding that will be rolled out by the end of 2023. Eurostar is set for the rebrand as soon as of autumn 2023.
Under a single brand, Eurostar Group aims to spark a new golden age for high-speed rail connectivity in Europe, continuing to convert road and air travellers to rail at a time when passengers are keen to have greener travel options. Eurostar Group passengers will have Europe at their fingertips, benefiting from a single loyalty programme covering all destinations across the current Eurostar and Thalys networks, as well as a single website and booking system from October 2023. For continental travellers, this will improve ease of booking direct and connecting journeys to London and for UK passengers it will offer simple, seamless connections between London and German destinations including Cologne.
With the alliance legally completed on 1 May 2022, today marks a milestone in the bringing together of the two businesses. Christophe Fanichet, CEO of SNCF Voyageurs said: "We are proud to be engaged in Eurostar Group, the world's leading high-speed rail company. This new Eurostar brand, with its unified network, is at the heart of our ambition to enable international rail development and to double its modal share by 2030. We have everything we need to succeed in this wonderful challenge!”
Alain Krakovitch, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Eurostar Group said: “We set out a bold ambition: increase the number of passengers from 19 million in 2019 to 30 million in 2030. And accelerate the shift from air and road travel to high-speed rail travel on the combined Eurostar and Thalys network.
The new brand identity was created by DesignStudio based on the heritage of Eurostar and Thalys, fit for the digital age and designed to help the business grow. It is deployed in a palette of ten colours, bringing in warmer shades representative of the Thalys brand and will be rolled out from October 2023.
Eurostar Group facts:
Passenger numbers 2022: 14.8 million (8.3 Eurostar, 6.5 Thalys)
Fleet: 51 trains (25 Eurostar, 26 Thalys)
Initiated in September 2019, the proposed alliance between Eurostar and Thalys, received approval from the European Commission at the end of March 2022 giving rise to holding company Eurostar Group on May 1, 2022. Eurostar Group is owned by SNCF Voyages Développement (55.75 %), CDPQ (19.31 %), the SNCB (18.50 %) and funds managed by Federated Hermes Infrastructure (6.44 %).
The holding company is based in Brussels and holds 100 % of the shares of Eurostar International Limited (Eurostar) and THI Factory SA (Thalys), which remain full-fledged railway companies and are headquartered in London and Brussels respectively. The new entity will offer the largest international high-speed network in Western Europe and has set itself the objective of deploying an ambitious environmental policy over the next few years.