Bombardier Transportation has received an order to supply 53 double-deck coaches to Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) for the Dresden suburban rail network with a value of approximately 72 million euros ($97 million US). The order is an option from the 2003 framework agreement that included an initial order for 298 double-deck coaches and an option for a further 300.
This order marks the continuation of a unique success story: In Germany alone, over 1400 Bombardier double-deck coaches are proving their worth in daily use. These double-deck coaches are also enjoying increasing popularity among passengers in other countries, including Luxembourg, Denmark and Israel.
The newest generation of double-deck coaches has been particularly successful in Germany. During the 2006 InnoTrans global trade fair in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation was awarded Deutsche Bahn’s special award for the outstanding quality and reliability of its double-deck coaches.
The thirteen control coaches and forty intermediate coaches with low-floor entry are manufactured at Bombardier's Görlitz plant in Germany. The bogies are supplied by the Bombardier team in Siegen, also in Germany.
Dr. Klaus Baur, Chief Country Representative Germany of Bombardier Transportation, explained: “Bombardier’s double-deck coaches are an essential element of the Deutsche Bahn transport concept. Our vehicles help to achieve on-time service and ensure a high level of passenger comfort. Furthermore, double-deck coaches are economical, thus helping to reduce costs."
The double-deck coaches will be manufactured for the Dresden suburban rail network. The coaches will be delivered as intermediate and control coaches and include full climate control in both first and second class sections. Spacious multi-purpose compartments, wide entries designed to allow access for persons with special needs and electronic information systems also ensure a pleasant and contemporary travel experience, as does the extremely quiet running of the coaches. The modern intermediate coaches have convenient low-floor entrances, offering a nearly level crossing entry.
Background facts and figures
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
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