Madrid, November 18th (EFE) .- Ilsa, owned by the shareholders of Air Nostrum and Trenitalia, will compete with Renfe and the French SNCF under the brand name iryo, with which it will be 30% operational in the second half of 2022 Spain’s high-speed rail frequencies will go.
Spain will thus have four brands of high-speed rail, with iryo following those of Ave and Avlo from Renfe and Ouigo from SNCF.
Ilsa’s top officials unveiled iryo’s trade name in a ceremony in the tropical garden of Madrid’s Atocha train station, attended by more than 200 guests, including Secretary of State for Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Isabel Pardo, and Adif’s Presidents, María Luisa Domínguez, as well as with the former ministers José Luis Ábalos, Íñigo Gómez de la Serna and Ana Pastor.
In a first phase, iryo will connect Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Malaga, Córdoba, Valencia, Alicante and Zaragoza and start operations in Spain with the only completely new train fleet on the market: 20 units of the ETR 1000 – the well-known Italian Frecciarossa – manufactured between Italy and Spain by Hitachi Rail in collaboration with Bombardier Transportation (now Alstom Group).
These are the most sustainable, fastest and quietest trains in Europe that are made from 95% recyclable materials and save 80% carbon dioxide per person and journey, emphasized the CEO of Ilsa, Simone Gorini.
After an initial investment of 1,000 million euros in this fleet and at the beginning of its activity, iryo will create around 2,600 direct and indirect jobs after it goes into operation and expects to attract 50 million passengers in 10 years, which sets a new standard in Spain at high speed travel and commit to multimodality.
Gorini emphasized that his European-oriented company “after 30 years of high speed in Spain” will achieve a “new standard for the new consumer of the 21st century in terms of personalization, digitization and sustainability”. .
The President of Ilsa, Carlos Bertomeu, stressed the complexity of the air and rail sector and said that “everything complex has to be worked on for many years, perhaps because we are used to being away from home at home”. Runner”.
It is a project that arose “ten years ago” when he and the current Ilsa director Víctor Bañares began to think about how a private Spanish high-speed operator could emerge.
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