Bombardier Wins INNOVIA Automated People Mover Contract for Dubai International Airport in United Arab Emirates

  • BOMBARDIER INNOVIA APM 300 technology selected for new airport link at the world’s fourth busiest airport for international passenger traffic
  • New transit system has capacity to carry more than 200,000 passengers daily
  • Turnkey system to be delivered in just 24 months

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract with construction contractor Al Jaber L.E.G.T. Engineering and Contracting (ALEC) L.C.C. to design and build an INNOVIA APM 300 automated people mover (APM) system for the Dubai International Airport. The transit system will connect the existing Terminal 1 to the new Concourse 4. The contract is valued at approximately 392 million AED (83 million euro, $107 million US).

The Dubai International Airport is undergoing a massive expansion programme which will boost its capacity from 60 million to 90 million passengers per year by 2018. Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects awarded local construction contractor ALEC the contract to build the new Concourse 4 in February 2012 with a build-programme of 28 months. Bombardier is a sub-contractor to ALEC and it will lead the project to design and supply all of the system-wide electrical and mechanical (E&M) elements of the 1.5 km elevated APM system in a 24-month delivery programme.

Bombardier’s scope includes 18 INNOVIA APM 300 cars with BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 communications-based train control (CBTC) technology for driverless operation. Bombardier will also provide project management, systems engineering and integration, testing and commissioning. Much of the technology will be supplied from Bombardier’s facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Mohammed Sarfraaz Ali, Bombardier Transportation’s Chief Country Representative for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, said: “Bombardier’s experience in delivering, operating and maintaining turnkey people mover systems at the world’s leading airports is unrivalled. Our new generation INNOVIA APM 300 transit technology will provide comfortable and convenient transportation for airport passengers travelling between Terminal 1 and the new Concourse 4. The new transit system will support the Dubai International Airport in realizing its ambition of becoming the world’s leading airport, not only in terms of size, but in the high quality services it provides to passengers.”

Dubai International Airport is the world’s fourth busiest airport for international passenger traffic with more than 150 airlines providing services to 220 destinations across six continents. It is also the global aviation hub for Emirates, the world’s fastest growing international airline, which provides 60 per cent of the airport’s traffic.

About the INNOVIA APM 300 system
The INNOVIA APM 300 platform is Bombardier’s new generation of APM technology. It has all of the flexibility needed to meet the specific system requirements of airports and urban transit authorities as it enables numerous configurations due to many customizable features and flexible operating modes. The sleek, aerodynamic vehicles can operate in coupled trains of up to six cars providing generous passenger capacities in the lightweight and recyclable aluminium carbodies. The APM’s advanced suspension and guidance system reduces noise and vibration to achieve exceptional ride quality. The propulsion system allows the vehicles to operate at speeds up to 80 km/h. When paired with the CITYFLO 650 CBTC system – an innovative communications-based train control technology – the INNOVIA APM 300 system can achieve shorter headways and highly efficient operations.

The INNOVIA APM 300 state-of-the-art driverless system incorporates Bombardier’s many successful years of reliable experience in automated transit operations at some of the world’s busiest airports and cities. Bombardier has more than 40 years’ experience in designing, building, operating and maintaining APM systems, with 24 systems currently in service around the world. These include London Heathrow (UK), Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Dallas/Fort Worth and San Francisco international airports (USA) and Beijing Capital International Airport (China).

About Bombardier Transportation in the Gulf Region
Bombardier is committed to becoming a local partner in the Middle East region and to growing a strong skills base there. The company has already established a wholly-owned subsidiary in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It has established project delivery teams in Riyadh and Jeddah and has recently opened a Project Management Academy in Riyadh to train young Saudi graduates in project execution and delivery. Following today’s announcement about the new Dubai International Airport APM project, Bombardier is now delivering four major projects in the Middle East. For more information about Bombardier’s activities in the region, join the LinkedIn group “Bombardier Transportation – The Gulf Network”.

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, we posted revenues of $18.3 billion USD. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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