ÖBB orders 20 more Nightjets from Siemens
Austrian Railways ÖBB has ordered 20 extra night trains from Siemens Mobility to expand its Nightjet fleet. They are part of the next-generation ÖBB Nightjets, of which 33 will be in service by 2025 between various European cities.
The Nightjets are operated by ÖBB both independently and in cooperation with railway partners in Switzerland (SBB), Italy (Trenitalia), France (SNCF) and the Netherlands (NS). They run between more than 25 European cities.
According to ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä, calling up 20 additional Nightjets is an important step in positioning ÖBB as the market leader in Europe’s night train business. “ÖBB is already Europe’s largest night train operator, and with the new state-of-the-art Nightjet fleet, we will further reinforce our position and offer our travelers first-class comfort”.
The next-generation Nightjet
In 2018, Siemens Mobility and ÖBB signed a framework agreement for the delivery of day and night trains. Thirteen Nightjets of the new generation Viaggio Next Level called up from this agreement are currently being built at the Siemens Mobility plant in Vienna. The first trains to be delivered from this series will serve on connections from Austria and Germany to Italy beginning in December 2022.
The second call from this agreement is now for 20 additional Nightjets. These trains are planned for service from Vienna and Innsbruck to Hamburg and Amsterdam, and for operating on the routes from Vienna to Bregenz and Zurich. The connections from Graz to Zurich and from Zurich to Hamburg and Amsterdam will also be served by the new trains. By 2025, 33 next-generation Nightjets will be operating in Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, thus replacing a large share of the current fleet.