Romania Railways Go ‘Business Class’ Starting December 1, 2006

Railways in Romania Go “Business Class” on all long distance routes
Club Feroviar, 5 December 2006

Romanian railways C.F.R. Calatori introduce Business Class cars on all long distance routes.
The seats in the cars are made of leather. Every seat has a built in small tv set with more than 60 programmes.

The cars have also wireless Web access, refrigerators and mni bars, micro oven and coffee expresser, air conditioning and double access doors, facilities for the disabled.

The cost of modernisation of one car was EUR 0.5m.

The cars will start to run on December 1st.

“This service will be introduced gradually, starting from December 1st, initially being put into operation one Business class passenger car, which provides additional facilities in comparison with first class of Intercity trains” Radu Berceanu, the Minister of Transports, Constructions and Tourism declared.

After six months from putting into operation the first train of the kind, CFR Calatori is going to make an analysis of the profitability of business passenger coaches and later on establish the strategy of development of this service.

Modernisation works were done in CFR Grivita workshops, where a series of modifications and for the specific CFR conditions were implemented.

The cars were presented within the Exhibition of Rolling Stock at Gara de Nord Railway Station, which was held with the occasion of Railway Days, event organised by Club Feroviar between October 17th and 18th 2006.

They were inaugurated on December 1st 2007 in Alba Iulia, in the presence of 50 deputies, 25 senators, 20 representatives of the Government, as well as representatives of the Presidency.