What we know so far are:
- The trains deployed will be Frecciarossa 1000, which are among the most advanced high-speed units
- There will be two daily round trips between Paris and Milan via Lyon, Chambéry, Modane and Turin. These will operate in the morning and evening to meet the needs of business people.
- There will be three daily round trips between Paris and Lyon (probably two of them will continue to Milan).
We also know that there will be no less than four accommodation classes, as follows:
- Executive class (premium accommodation with spacious 1-1 seats)
- Business class (1 to 2 seats)
- Classe standard
- A “Sala” meeting space that can accommodate up to five passengers and is intended for business users. (Possibly offered Paris-Lyon only)
Details of on-board service, catering, etc. have not yet been provided. Corn this link will give you an idea of what is on offer.
No wonder the SNCF is concerned about the new service and has responded with the “Riposte” project.
SNCF competes with Trenitalia on the “Riposte” project
This is the first time that SNCF will have to face real competition on its territory.
In our next November issue of Business trip I explain how competition has boosted high speed rail traffic in Spain.
ALLRAIL (which represents the new operators) naturally claims to do the same for international rail traffic.
Europe needs more competition between incumbents:
Because it will grow EU cross-border rail 👏 https://t.co/ULpUNoEV0o
– ALLRAIL Alliance of new railway entrants in Europe (@ALLRAIL_EU) October 18, 2021