The Jakarta Post
An attendant poses in the priority class train car from Yogyakarta to Jakarta on Aug. 6, 2017. PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) announced the availability of sleeper cars to serve the coming exodus season of Idul Fitri in June. (kompas.com/Andreas Lukas Altobeli)
PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) announced the availability of sleeper train cars to serve the coming exodus season of Idul Fitri in June. The sleeper cars fall under the luxury train category, with a first-class service similar to those offered by airlines.
“Four sleeper cars will arrive prior to Idul Fitri, and we hope they can be in operation by then,” said PT KAI president director Edi Sukmoro at Gambir Station on Friday, as reported by kompas.com.
The train cars are called "sleepers" because passengers will be able to recline their seats to a sleeping position. Edi likens this to an airplane’s first class seats that also recline to a sleeping position, as well as offer extra facilities such as TV, gourmet food and more.
Those interested in trying out the sleeper cars will have to pay about Rp 900,000 (US$65), above the average price of a priority class train ticket.
“Passengers can get proper sleep during their trip. We are preparing this for a long-distance route, Jakarta to Surabaya,” Edi said.
According to Edi, it is time for Indonesians to have a luxury mode of transportation like other countries. The sleeper cars are also manufactured locally.
In the starting stage, PT KAI will operate four sleeper cars where each will be attached to existing cars. The trial run also serves as the company’s way of testing the public’s interest to determine whether or not PT KAI will produce more sleeper train cars in the future. (asw)