Deutsche Bahn has renewed its agreement with Amadeus for another three years to grow its online distribution and help it reach travellers beyond Europe, extending the two companies’ 20-year long relationship. With this new agreement OTAs can better serve the leisure traveller worldwide with access to DB’s full range of routes and fares via Amadeus Rail Web Services.
European railways are often portrayed as a deeply conservative industry, so far unaffected by the disruptive competition and subsequent consolidation seen in the aviation sector. With national providers apparently safe in domestic markets there seems to be little catalyst for change. But with technology developing rapidly and start-ups taking advantage of European Union liberalisation to launch new routes the old model may well be about to break down. Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole reports from the Amadeus Rail Forum 2014.
Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, has signed a joint venture with DB Schenker Rail, a subsidiary of German-based Deutsche Bahn, to operate and maintain the railway. DB is Europe’s largest railway company, operating passenger and freight services on the approximately 33,500-kilometre German rail network, and maintaining a strong presence in rail operations in various countries across Europe.
After three years of detailed study, the Intergovernmental Commission has granted Deutsche Bahn an operating certificate to run passenger services through the Channel Tunnel. Groupe Eurotunnel believes that this long awaited decision will considerably enhance exchanges between the United Kingdom and northern Europe and will over time add between three and four million new passengers per year to the ten million already using the existing high speed passenger services.
DB Arriva will provide new regional transport services in the Swedish capital of Stockholm.
More and more travelers in Germany are deciding in favor of Deutsche Bahn trains. During the first six months of 2012 the number of passengers (excluding Arriva) rose over the same year-ago figure by almost 40 million to over one billion, or about four percent.
Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) and Alstom Transport have signed a contract worth €160 million for the supply of 38 additional Diesel regional trains Coradia Lint in Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg.
Alstom Transport will manufacture 28 Coradia Continental regional trains for the German operator Deutsche Bahn Regio NRW GmbH. The contract is worth approximately €140 million. This is the first stage of the frame contract signed in 2011 with DB Regio for the delivery of up to 400 trains.
Contract signing in Doha • Collaboration on the construction of a rail-based transport network progressing well.
German rail operate Deutsche Bahn has confirmed it will launch services through the Channel Tunnel in 2013. Initially the operator will offer departures between London St Pancras International and Brussels, with a view to expanding to Amsterdam (via Rotterdam), Cologne and Frankfurt.
Striking workers in Belgium have seen virtually all Eurostar services to the country cancelled, as industrial action moves into a second day. Also in the Channel Tunnel, Deutsche Bahn has successfully completed its first safety test, sending an ICE3 train from France to London as it seeks to launch a commercial service.
Deutsche Bahn is considering running trains to London ahead of the Olympic Games in 2012. The news comes as the German rail operator begins a series of safety tests designed to break the French monopoly on the rolling stock used in the Channel Tunnel.