Polish train operator PKP Intercity has launched its EIC Premium service using its new fleet of high-speed Pendolinos.
The Intercity Premium train; built at Savigliano, Italy by France's Alstom knocking half an hour off the travel time between Krakow and Warsaw. The train arrives Warsaw station two hours and 32 minutes after leaving Krakow.
On December 14, nine trains entered passenger service between Warsaw and Tricity, Krakow, Katowice and Wroclaw. PKP currently has 15 seven-car Pendolino train sets available and will eventually operate 18 with two spare.
More than 6,000 passengers travelled on the new trains on the service’s opening day.
Polish railway operator PKP Intercity rail service ordered 20 of Alstom's Pendolino tilting trains in 2011 as part of a 665-million-euro ($828 million) contract that also includes the construction of a repair workshop in Warsaw.
Each of the silver blue trains, which are built in Italy and can run at up to 250km on both high-speed and conventional lines, can carry up to 402 passengers.