PKP Intercity a placed a Zlotys 1.16bn ($US 310m) order with a Stadler/Newag consortium for 20 of the 160km/h trains in August 2013, together with a Zlotys 464m contract to maintain the fleet for 15 years. The European Union provided 70% of the funding for the order.

The fleet is being deployed on four routes:

  • Olsztyn - Warsaw - Krakow
  • Warsaw - Bydgoszcz
  • Gdynia - Bydgoszcz - Katowice, and
  • Krakow - Lodz - Poznan - Szczecin.

Each 150m-long train seats 360 passengers, including 60 in first class.

PKP Intercity has also expanded its Pendolino Express Intercity Premium (EIC) network to serve Rzeszow, Bielsko-Biala, and Gliwice.

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