|The installation of
the biggest cable car in the history of Greece is eventually
a fact. On Friday, April 7 2006, at 18:00, the new Funitel
of Regency Casino Mont Parnes (outskirts of Athens) began
its commercial operation, exactly at the same time that
the old reversible
ropeway – built in 1972 – complete its last
The signing of the contract took
place in 2003 and it concerned the design, construction
and installation of the Funitel. The project was assigned
to world leading ropeway manufacturer Doppelmayr
Seilbahnen SA. The Funitel marks the second
big co-operation between ETEMA and the Austrian manufacturer,
after the Lycabettus
funicular (center of Athens). With a total
cost of over € 12 million, it was the
biggest single investment in any ropeway project throughout
Europe for the years 2003 and 2004. Designed for 24
hour operation, 360 days per year, with 21 cabins of
20 seated passengers each, with a maximum transport
capacity of 2.000 persons/hour and maximum wind resistance
up to 120 km/h, this installation comprises the best
technology can offer on a world-wide basis.
Due to the roughness of the terrain
and the fact that the forest in Parnitha is a national forest
strictly protected by Greek and European legislation, the
installation of the towers was accomplished with the use of
a temporary material ropeway with a length of 1,2 km and a
carrying capacity of 6,0 ton.
Installation works last approximately 8 months.
The official opening was held on June 20, 2006, in the presence
of Greece’s Vice-Minister of Finance. The Funitel remains
closed every Tuesday morning for regular maintenance.
As a special service to the casino’s VIP customers,
the Funitel has two luxurious VIP cabins of 6 seated passengers
each. These cabins are parked on a separate rail, so that
passengers can board before the cabins enter the main line.
Feeding and parking of the VIP cabins is fully automatic,
without the need to stop the movement of the installation.
With a maximum speed of 6,0 m/sec (21,6 km/h),
customers travel the 1.600 m installation’s length in less
than 5 min! Therefore, it would not be an exaggeration to
say that the words “waiting” and “queue” belong to history.
Main technical characteristics:
length: 1.595 m
inclination: 20° (36%)
speed: 6,0 m/s
of cabins: 21 + 2 VIP
+ 1 maintenance
capacity (normal cabin): 20 passengers (all
capacity (VIP cabin): 6 passengers (all seated)
transport capacity in one direction: 2.000 passengers
of operators: 2 + 1
output: 2 x 411 kW (2 x 559 PS)