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03.12.2015 0:0 Uhr Berlin

Alleo wins Franco-German business prize

Joint subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn (DB) and French national railway company SNCF wins recognition for its mixed on-board teams

Alleo, the joint subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the French national railway company SNCF, has won the Franco-German business prize in the "staff management" category. The award recognises the excellent work performed by mixed Franco-German teams on board high speed trains. The prize is awarded by the Chambre Franco-Allemand de Commerce et d’Industrie (Franco-German chamber of industry and commerce) in France. The award's patrons are the German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. The presentation took place in Paris yesterday evening. A total of 86 companies applied in five categories.

"We are absolutely delighted with this honour and regard it as a confirmation of Alleo's philosophy, which is based on bringing together the best elements of our two cultures for the benefit of our shared customers," said Birgit Bohle, Chair of the Management Board of DB Long Distance.

About Alleo

Alleo GmbH is a bi-national company based in Saarbrücken. It has two managing directors: one from DB and one from SNCF. This enables continuous cooperation on a level playing field.

Since June 2007, Alleo has been responsible for marketing high-speed services between France and Germany via the LGV Est européenne high-speed line from Paris to Frankfurt am Main and Stuttgart. In March 2012, a new service began from Frankfurt am Main to Marseille via the LGV Rhin-Rhône high-speed line. French and German train crew members work together to look after passengers along the entire route. Up to 20 ICE and TGV services operate each day. On 23 July 2015, the cooperation in Franco-German high-speed traffic was extended by five years to 2020. Some 12 million passengers have used these international routes since services were launched. 90% of customers are satisfied or very satisfied with the joint services, and as many as 98% recommend them to others, according to a study by the market research institute TNS Sofres. The number of passengers grew by 44% between 2008 and 2014: an impressive figure not just for DB, but for the entire European transport market.