ILSA’s first trains leave the factory

The first three high-speed trains for Spanish private operator ILSA are ready to depart from the factory. In the coming weeks they will travel from Italy to Spain to begin their approval process. Once this is completed, the company will start operations in the second half of 2022 and will represent 30 per cent of the high-speed market in Spain.

ILSA has invested 1 billion euros in an initial fleet of 23 new trains developed by Hitachi Rail in collaboration with Alstom (formerly Bombardier). The high-speed trains are of the ETR1000 model, known as the Frecciarossa 1000, which also run in Italy operated by state railway Trenitalia. “The departure of our first trains from the factory is a great milestone for our company, because it begins the countdown to their approval and start-up”, says Carlos Bartomeu, President of ILSA.

Preparing for operation in 2022

The first of the trains will arrive in Spain at the end of August to begin its homologation process, and the second and third units of the fleet will do so in September and December. ILSA, owned by Air Nostrum shareholders and Trenitalia, will start operations in the second half of 2022 and will have 30 per cent of the high-speed market in Spain. It will be the third operator to enter the Spanish high-speed market, following the liberalisation.

Starting next year, ILSA will connect Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia, Seville, Zaragoz, Alicante, Córdoba and Malaga. Once this first stage has been completed, ILSA plans to open other routes in Spain and, in the medium term, explore an expansion in other European countries.

The construction of the trains is being carried out in Italy and Spain. Its propulsion systems are fully developed at the Bombardier plant in Trápaga (Bizkaia, Spain). The assembly and commissioning is done at the Hitachi Rail factory in the Italian town of Pistoia, near Florence.

ETCS and 5G

The Frecciarossa 1000 is an interoperable train in different European countries, and has ETCS on board. It is 200 metres long and has a capacity of up to 467 passengers. The train can reach commercial speeds of up to 360 kilometres per hour. According to ILSA, it is the first high-speed train in the world to have obtained an Environmental Product Declaration (EDP) with quantified and verifiable information on its environmental impact. The train has 28 grams of CO2 per passenger and kilometre, according to the assessment.

The train has an interior designed to provide passengers aimed at comfort: wide aisles, ergonomic and extra-spacious seats. It also has ‘the latest innovations in noise and vibration isolation’, and the ability to provide 5G internet. Fabrizio Favara, CEO of ILSA: “We are eager to present Spanish travelers with a train that will set a new standard of what it means to travel at high speed in Spain in terms of comfort, on-board services, speed, safety and sustainability”.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor of RailTech.com

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