Bombardier Transportation has received an order from Deutsche Bahn AG for the delivery of 298 additional double-deck cars. The contract, which is valued at approximately $633 million Cdn (411 million euros), includes an option for 300 further vehicles. The cars are scheduled to be delivered between 2004 and 2006.
“With this order we continue the success story of our double-deckers,” commented Olof Persson, President, Regional & Commuter, Bombardier Transportation. “Deutsche Bahn is thus relying on a tailor-made and well-proven product which, due to its high capacity, is the perfect fit for the requirements of modern mass transit.”
The 78 steering and 220 middle cars will be built at Bombardier Transportation’s site in Görlitz, Germany. This order brings to more than 1,300 the number of these elegant vehicles ordered by Deutsche Bahn, all of which are built at the Saxon plant. The latest series shall be put in service in seven German Länder from Schleswig-Holstein to Bavaria. Bombardier-built double-deck cars are also in service in Israel and Denmark and will shortly start operation in Luxembourg.
The air-conditioned trains with spacious multi-purpose areas are very popular with the passengers due to their high level of comfort. Ninety-four of the 220 middle cars and all steering cars will come with a low-floor entrance (600 mm above rail), 126 will have a high-floor entrance (1,150 mm above rail). Some of the vehicles will be delivered with special features such as an innovative passenger information system which informs passengers via screen in real-time about stops and transfer points in addition to offering entertainment programs and advertisement.
Bombardier Transportation is the global leader in the rail equipment manufacturing and servicing industry. Its wide range of products includes passenger rail cars and total transit systems. It also manufactures locomotives, freight cars, propulsion & controls and provides rail control solutions.
Bombardier Inc., a diversified manufacturing and services company, is a world-leading manufacturer of business jets, regional aircraft, rail transportation equipment and motorized recreational products. It also provides financial services and asset management in business areas aligned with its core expertise. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, the Corporation has a workforce of some 75,000 people and manufacturing facilities in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2003 stood at $23.7 billion Cdn. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F).
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