The first official Frecciarossa 1000 journey with Italian President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella

The first official Frecciarossa 1000 journey with Italian President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella

Rome, 25 April 2015

Official debut of the Frecciarossa 1000 with a very special guest: Italian President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella.

On returning from Milan after participating in celebrations for Liberation Day, the Head of State chose to return to Rom on board the new Trenitalia High Speed train.

The first of 50 Frecciarossa 1000 trains ordered by Trenitalia to leave the AnsaldoBreda and Bombardier factory and dedicated to Pietro Mennea departed from Milan Central Station at 13.30 and arrived at Rome Termini station at 16.25, thereby making the non-stop journey in 2 hours and 55 minutes.

In addition to the President, other passengers included Graziano Delrio, Minister of Infrastructures and Transport, Dario Franceschini, Minister of Fine Arts and Culture and Tourism, Marcello Messori, President of Gruppo FS Italiane, Michele Mario Elia, CEO of Gruppo FS Italiane, Mauro Moretti, CEO of Finmeccanica, Lutz Bertling, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier and Manuela Olivieri, widow of the late Pietro Mennea.

The train also carried a team of technicians and engineers from the two manufacturers AnsaldoBreda and Bombardier, which were represented by their respective top management.
The train was designed and built to reach a commercial speed of 360 km/h and, further to around two years of testing and technical trials, on 14 April obtained Authorisation to Operate from the Italian Agency for Railway Security. The train will begin operating along the Turin to Naples HS network on 14 June, when the summer timetable becomes effective.

Initially, it will travel at a top speed of 300 km/h and its technical features will immediately ensure excellent performances in terms of acceleration, adherence, braking and safety. Top-level comfort will also be guaranteed through large, ergonomic seats, wide corridors, soundproofed environments and practically no vibrations, LED lighting and services especially designed to fulfil the various needs and necessities of every passenger.

The Frecciarossa 1000 will at first carry out 8 scheduled journeys along the Rome – Milan route, with four extended journeys to Naples, seven to Turin and four stops at Rho Fiera Expo Milano 2015.

Scheduled journeys will increase in September, when this new train will be used for six more journeys, and again in December 2015, when journeys by the 1000 will increase to 22 a day.

Currently, six trains have been completed and delivered by the manufacturers to Trenitalia.
The full order will be delivered within the first six months of 2017.