|Founded||6 October 2011|
21 rue Camille Desmoulins
F - 92130 Issy les Moulineaux,
|Roberto Rinaudo (President)|
|Revenue||44,600,000 euro (2015)|
Thello (stylised as thellō) is an open-access train operator running international services between France and Italy. Founded in 2011, the company is owned by the Italian state owned railway company Trenitalia.
Thello is a French simplified joint company ("Société par actions simplifiée"). The establishment took place after the cooperation between SNCF and Trenitalia which had previously operated jointly Artesia trains between Paris and Italy. It initially accounted for two-thirds of the shares in Trenitalia and a third on Transdev.
Night trains run by Thello have operated daily since 11 December 2011 on the route between Paris-Gare de Lyon and Venice-Santa Lucia with stops in Dijon -Ville, Milan-Central, Brescia, Verona, Vicenza and Padua and Venice-Mestre. Cabotage, the carriage of national passengers on a leg of the international journey, has hitherto not been permitted by the Autorité de régulation des activités ferroviaires (ARAF), the body which regulates free competition in the French rail network; tickets between Paris and Dijon are therefore not offered by Thello.
Beginning on 9 December 2012, Thello restarted service between Paris and Rome, previously operated as Artesia, but the service was withdrawn as of 14 December 2013. A second night connection between France and Italy with Paris Gare de Lyon -Rome-Termini with stops in Dijon, Bologna and Florence for this option to work. Thello reported a loss of 30 million euros in 2012. The specific reason given was difficulties in obtaining timetable routes with attractive travel times. At the same time, however, Thello reiterated its desire to offer daily train services between Marseille and Milan starting in 2014, with stops in Genoa and Nice. In a decision of 9 July 2013, the ARAF confirmed that the proposed connection was compatible with the rules applicable in France to competitive international rail services and that it was not in competition with the TERs subsidized by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.
As of 14 December 2014, Thello also operates daytime trains between Milan and Marseille, via Genoa and Nice., which is compressed since 12 April 2015 by two more train pairs in the section between Nice and Milan.
Since the beginning of 2013, the company has had the safety certificate required for traffic on the Belgian railway network. Thello had announced that they want to appear in direct competition with Thalys on the Paris-Brussels connection from 2014 onwards. To date, however, these plans have not materialized. In March 2016, Roberto Rinaudo - until then financial director of the passenger transport division of Trenitalia - took over the management of the company, replacing Albert Alday. On 6 September 2016 Trenitalia announced that it has taken over the share of Transdev and thus the company since then alone.
Since 11 December 2011, Thello operates night trains between Paris Gare de Lyon and Venezia Santa Lucia railway station. The trains stop at Dijon-Ville, Milano Centrale, Brescia, Verona Porta Nuova, Vicenza and Padova.
The train operating staff is Trenitalia's in Italy and Thello's in France.
Initially the carriages are leased by Trenitalia while the locomotive is leased from Akiem by SNCF Geodis. The locomotives used are three-system SNCF Class BB 36000 electric locomotives uprated from 160 km/h (99 mph) to 200 km/h (120 mph) operation in France to the Italian border.
The sleeping-cars are type MU, a design originally created for the Wagons-Lits Company, built 1964-1974 but refurbished by Trenitalia in the mid-2000s when LED lighting & corridor CCTV were fitted and carpets removed. Each sleeping-car has 12 compartments with washbasin, each usable as single, double, or triple. Couchette cars are of various types and can be used as 4 berth or 6 berth.
Thello night trains have three classes:
- 6 berth couchette
- 4 berth couchette
- 1-3 berth sleeping compartments
- "Thello brings open access to France". Railway Gazette International. 7 October 2011.
- "Partnership with Trenitalia and Veolia Transdev". AGI SpA. 6 October 2011.[permanent dead link]
-  "Transdev to leave Thello joint venture" retrieved 1 July 2016
- "Cabotage international : le gendarme du rail fixe les règles". mobilicites.com. 11 March 2013. Archived from the original on 25 March 2013.
- previous timetable Rome-Paris
- Day train Marseille-Milan
Media related to Thello at Wikimedia Commons
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