The Jakarta Post
In Luxury 2, each seat has a reclining capacity of 140 degrees. (Kompas.com/Ambaranie Nadia Kemala)
State-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) introduced on Sunday the latest sleeper trains named Luxury 2.
But what makes them different from the Priority train that was launched in 2017?
The Priority train operates under PT Kereta Api Pariwisata, a subsidiary of PT KAI, while the Luxury 2 are under PT KAI.
“Both have their own target market, so it’s not a problem,” Totok Suryono, head of PT Kereta Api Pariwisata, told kompas.com. “The Priority has a mini bar which doesn’t exist on the Luxury 2. If the passengers want to rest, they can travel using Luxury 2. But if they want to enjoy the trip and interact with other passengers, they should get on Priority trains.”
Passengers on a Priority Train during their journey to Yogyakarta on Aug. 4, 2017. (kompas.com/Andreas Lukas Altobel)
For now, the sleeper trains serve two routes, namely Jakarta-Surakarta and Jakarta-Malang. Meanwhile, the Priority train offers more varied routes, namely Jakarta-Semarang, Jakarta-Surabaya, Jakarta-Bandung and Bandung-Surabaya.
When it comes to onboard entertainment, the trains offer similar services by providing video on demand in each seat. Food, drinks and clean cars are available on both trains as well.
As part of the launch of Luxury 2, PT Kereta Api Pariwisata offers a discounted fare starting from Rp 750,000 (US$52.13) for those looking to travel before June 26.
Meanwhile, the fares for the Priority train range from Rp 900,000 on weekdays for the Jakarta to Surabaya route using the Sembrani train and Rp 1.2 million during Ramadan this year.
“Passengers on the Priority train are usually given special appreciation presents and free sahur [pre-fasting meals],” said Totok. “The staff are also paid more.” (wir/kes)