Renfe's new Avlo S106

Renfe initiates commercial simulation trips for new Avlo S106

Renfe's new Avlo S106 Renfe

Renfe has scheduled commercial simulation trips with passengers aboard the new Avlo S106 trains on the Madrid-Zaragoza-Barcelona and Figueres Vilafant-Barcelona-Madrid routes. The company is conducting these journeys, which mimic the commercial operation of a typical trip, in preparation for the commercial launch on May 21 of the new trains.

These trains will bring an increase in seats and frequencies for Renfe’s Avlo services in Aragon and Catalonia. The commercial simulations, which have just begun on the northeast corridor with ‘simulated passengers’ from the railway sector, are being carried out to measure, practice, and verify all phases of the commercial operation, both in terms of facilities and services, as well as the sequences and phases of personnel in terms of their training, training, and suitability.

Renfe has already trained its driving and onboard intervention staff for these trains, and commercial simulation trips are part of the usual process of launching a new service. Based on the conclusions drawn from these simulations, the company will be able to adjust details and even implement new scenarios if necessary.

S106 interior
The Avlo S106 interior

Increase in capacity and frequency

On May 21, Renfe will put these new Avlo S106 trains into circulation, which will result in a weekly increase in seats on the company’s low-cost trains in Aragon and Catalonia, by around 40 per cent and 27 per cent, respectively.

Likewise, the arrival of the new trains will bring more Avlo frequencies to Zaragoza and Calatayud, with a new daily service being added to both cities and an additional service on Saturdays and Sundays. Meanwhile, at the Camp de Tarragona and Lleida Pirineus stations, two Avlo trains will stop each day in each direction.

Tickets for these trains went on sale on April 26 with a Superprices campaign offering fares at 7 euros for travel from May 21 to July 21. Renfe offers more than 24,500 of these promotional seats on the Madrid-Zaragoza-Barcelona and Barcelona-Zaragoza-Madrid routes (with stops at Camp de Tarragona and Lleida).

The Avlo S106 trains have a capacity of 581 seats distributed across twelve passenger cars. Equipped with highly comfortable seats in a 3+2 layout, they feature information panels in the carriage, Wi-Fi connectivity, spaces for baby strollers, and vending machines.

The S106 trains are part of the investment package of over 5 billion euros that the company has underway for the purchase of rolling stock and the renovation of the current fleet. So far, Renfe has received the first ten units out of the 30 ordered from Talgo.

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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

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