Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori

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Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori
Joint-stock company
IndustryRail transport
Founded11 December 2006
Key people
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo (founder and Chairman) [1]
Flavio Cattaneo (CEO)
ProductsPassenger transport
RevenueIncrease €369 million[2] (2016)
Increase €96 million[2] (2016)
Increase €28 million[2] (2016)
Total assetsIncrease €905 million (2013)
Number of employees
1,074 (2013)
ParentGlobal Infrastructure Partners
Footnotes / references

Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (Italian: New Passenger Transport) is an Italian company which is Europe's first private open access operator of 300 km/h (190 mph) high-speed trains.[4] It is headquartered in Rome. The company serves 19 stations and transported 11 million passengers in 2016.


Routes of NTV

NTV was created by four Italian businessmen (among them Luca Cordero di Montezemolo) to compete with Trenitalia.[5] The company intended to start services in late 2011, following certification of its trains in mid-2011.[6]

In March 2011, NTV complained that the Italian rail infrastructure manager, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI), was obstructing its plans to run trains by making last-minute changes to network statements. RFI is controlled by the same government group that controls Trenitalia, the incumbent provider of passenger train services in Italy.[7]

After delays due to the complexity of the project,[8] NTV started service on 28 April 2012 under the .italo brand.[9][10] NTV ridership for whole year 2012 was 2,051,702.[11] Ridership increased to 9.1 million in 2015, with a load factor of 71.5% and 56 trains daily.[12] Passengers increased again in 2016, reaching 11 million.[13]

In January 2018, it was announced 35-40% of NTV would be listed on the Borsa Italiana.[14] In February 2018, Global Infrastructure Partners made a successful takeover offer for 100% of the company.[15][16]


Alstom AGV trainset

An order for 25 Alstom Automotrice à grande vitesse (AGV) trainsets each with 11 cars was announced on 17 January 2008.[17] Alstom assembled 17 at its La Rochelle plant, while eight were produced at Savigliano in Italy.[18] NTV has an option for a further ten trains. The contract includes maintenance for 30 years.[19] NTV unveiled the first of its trains in a ceremony on 13 December 2011.[20]

In 2015, NTV announced the procurement of eight new trains to expand its fleet. The new units would be from Alstom's Pendolino family, with a maximum speed approximately 60 km/h slower than the existing AGVs. The procurement is intended to allow NTV to expand its existing Italo services, as well as offer services to new destinations.[21]

Club class private seat.
Prima class.
Smart class multifunctional area.


Italo offers four classes of service, which it refers to as "journey ambiances". Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the train.[22]

  • Smart: the lowest class of service, with 2x2 leather seats with table and airline style, and snacks for purchase from vending machines.
  • Extra large: this class has 2x1 seating primarily in airline style, with footrests.
  • Prima: also offers 2x1 seating with soft armrests, power sockets, reading lights, glove compartments, complimentary drinks and sweets, and snacks for purchase from vending machines.
  • Club Executive: the most expensive class, with only 19 seats per train. These are available in either 2x1 open seating or two compartments (styled "lounges") which can be reserved en bloc for up to 4 passengers. Complimentary coffee, beverages, and pastries are served.


Routes served by NTV are those of the Italian high-speed rail network, comprising 14 cities and 19 stations.[23] Italo’s High Speed train service contains four lines:[24]

In Rome, Venice, Naples and Turin there are two station options: Termini and Tiburtina stations in Rome, Mestre and Santa Lucia in Venice, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa in Turin, Centrale and Afragola in Naples, whereas in Milan there are three station options: Centrale, Porta Garibaldi and Rogoredo.

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  1. ^ "Bilancio di esercizio 2010" (PDF). Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Highlights finanziari - NTV, Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori". (in Italian). Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Bilancio 2012" (PDF). Ntv. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  4. ^ Murray Hughes (2008-09-01). "NTV targets 20% market share by 2015". Railway Gazette International.
  5. ^ Murray Hughes (2007-03-01). "Open access high speed bid". Railway Gazette International.
  6. ^ "AGV begins Italian test programme". Railway Gazette International. 2010-01-12.
  7. ^ "Railway Gazette: NTV brands RFI access changes 'illegal'". Retrieved 2011-03-25.
  8. ^ "Italie : la compagnie privée NTV retarde son lancement à 2012 (Italy: private company NTV delays launch to 2012)". Ville, rails et transports. 2011-10-27.
  9. ^ "Debut for Italo: kick off of the most modern train in Europe on April 28". Press Release, Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori. 30 March 2012. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Alta velocità e concorrenza: parte la sfida". il Sole 24 Ore. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Italo supera il muro dei 2 milioni di passeggeri nel 2012". 7 January 2013. Archived from the original on 30 March 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
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  13. ^ "Buon compleanno Italo! 5 anni fa Italo partiva per il suo primo viaggio - NTV, Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori". (in Italian). Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  14. ^ Iitalo-NTV to list shares on Italian stock market International Railway Journal 24 January 2018
  15. ^ Global Infrastructure Partners III makes €1.9bn bid for Italo Railway Gazette International 7 February 2018
  16. ^ High speed operator accepts takeover bid Railway Gazette International 8 February 2018
  17. ^ "NTV, the first Italian private railway operator, chooses Alstom for the supply and maintenance of 25 AGV trains" (Press release). Alstom. 2008-01-17.
  18. ^ "NTV unveils Italian AGV livery". Railway Gazette International. 2008-07-17.
  19. ^ "The AGV reaches 300 km/h during the first test phase on Italian network". Alstom. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  20. ^ "Railway Gazette: NTV unveils first Italo AGV". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  21. ^ "Railway Gazette: Open access operator NTV to order Pendolinos". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
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  23. ^ "Il nostro network - NTV, Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori". (in Italian). Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  24. ^ "Connections". Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV).
  25. ^ "Viaggi in treno su ferrovie ad alta velocità per valorizzare il tempo di viaggio". NTV - Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori S.p.A. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013.

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