28 April 2012 - The AGV .italo has commenced commercial service on the high-speed Naples-Rome-Florence-Bologna-Milan line in Italy. The first day of service was an opportunity for private Italian operator NTV’s first passengers to enjoy the comfort and design of the AGV .italo.
NTV chose Alstom in 2008 to supply and maintain 25 AGV trainsets over a period of 30 years. The final design for the trainsets and their interior fittings - completely personalized for NTV - were unveiled at the Nola maintenance centre on 13 December 2011.
The first passengers to board the AGV .italo on that day found the trains full of light thanks to the large windows. The interiors, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, are available in three different ambiances - Club, Prima and Smart. The three versions offer different levels of service, but they all have free Wi-Fi, live television, adjustable leather seats, and more seating room per passenger.
The AGV .italo will be brought into commercial service on the Salerno, Turin and Venice sections at the end of 2012, making more than 90 round trips every day across Italy's whole rail network.