MOSCOW, August 2. /Basereporter.com/. The prices of train tickets in low-cost segment, which plans to introduce Federal passenger company (FPC, “daughter” RZD), will be more than 10% lower than the same tickets to cars with air conditioning and toilets, said Basereporter.com General Director FPK Peter Ivanov.
“Reserved seats and compartment cars and cars SV end-of-life services that are not equipped with air conditioning and toilets, will be allocated in a separate segment with a low price offer. Already, the price of tickets in this segment is 5-10% lower than the prices for seats in the same carriages with air conditioning and toilets” he said.
The representative of the FPC said that the project is expected to further decrease prices. Pilot to launch the low-cost segment will be selected on the basis of studying demand, added in FPC.
The head of the FPK said that the fleet of cars in this segment will decline steadily due to income on the company’s balance sheet of innovative rolling stock. “Federal passenger company is implementing an unprecedented program of fleet renewal. In the period from 2018 to 2025 will be purchased 5 thousand new modern cars. They are all equipped with air conditioning and composting toilets. In addition, 2.5 thousand units of rolling stock will undergo a major overhaul. Thus, it will be updated more than 40% of the current Park FPC”, – said Ivanov.
Yesterday it was reported that FPC plans to temporarily allocate a separate brand trains without air conditioning and composting toilets. As stated in the annual report of the company for year-end 2017, this will be done through a new division of long-distance trains by type depending on the distance.
According to the FPC report, the transition to a new standardized high-quality product offering provides three types of trains: daily Express, night train, conventional train, which in turn require three classes of service – economy, comfort, business. Old cars without air conditioners and toilets until their complete divestiture is planned to allocate in a separate temporary brand “economy budget” – this will be extra low-cost way to travel without additional services, but with the possibility of sleep.