* The Francilien fleet is currently the best performing fleet in Ile-de-France
* A modern commuter train perfectly suited to densely populated urban areas
BERLIN, GERMANY--(Marketwired - Jul 29, 2014) - Rail technology leader
Bombardier Transportation announced today that SNCF has exercised an option for
22 additional Francilien commuter EMUs. The order, co-financed by STIF, the Ile-
de-France transportation authority, and SNCF, is valued at approximately 162
million euro ($218 million US). It is part of the initial 2006 contract with
SNCF for up to 372 trains for the Ile-de-France. With this order, a total of
194 Francilien trains have been ordered.
The 22 additional trains will be delivered by the end of 2016 and will be rolled
out on SNCF Transilien lines H and K in order to complete the fleet
modernization and continue to increase the level of passenger comfort and
punctuality. At present, 136 Bombardier Francilien trains operate from the Paris
stations Gare du Nord, Gare de L'Est and Gare Saint Lazare.
The Francilien's outstanding performance ensures a high level of customer
satisfaction in terms of reliability and quality. According to SNCF, nine out of
10 Line H passengers are satisfied with the service, as a result of the
improvement of transportation conditions, punctuality, on-board information and
comfort. Line H, which operates with a Francilien fleet, has the Transilien SNCF
network's highest punctuality rate of 95%.
More than 300 Bombardier employees are fully dedicated to the Francilien.
Bombardier is delivering three trains per month, with an unprecedented level of
delivery quality recognised by the customer. This is also thanks to suppliers
and subcontractors who did their best to follow the pace in terms of delivery
and quality. The tightly knit cooperation between SNCF and Bombardier teams,
both at project and commissioning levels, is key to this outcome. Bombardier's
Crespin site recently won the 2014 SNCF Prize for best site and builder.
"Due to the current pressure on the SNCF Transilien network, our clients STIF
and SNCF demand high levels of reliability and performance to ensure smooth
transportation for around three million commuters daily," said Laurent Troger,
President, Western Europe, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Transportation.
"This ultra-modern, spacious, highly automated train is designed to solve such
capacity and punctuality challenges in highly densely populated areas. It also
has won the hearts of passengers, who appreciate its comfort and contemporary
design on board."
The Francilien commuter train is an extra-large, articulated, "tube" style train
that provides exceptional space for passengers, allowing wide seats and
especially wide doors to increase the ease and speed of passenger flow. Each
train consists of seven or eight carriages in a single unit and it can also be
operated as a double or triple unit. The capacity of the trains will vary from
800 to 1,000 passengers, depending on the configuration and layout. The new
train is designed for maximum comfort, safety and security and is based on
Bombardier's proven technology already in commercial service, such as BOMBARDIER
FLEXX Compact bogies and BOMBARDIER MITRAC Converter, drive, and train control
and management system.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the
broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and
services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4
technologies - built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and
ecology - conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total
train performance for operators and passengers. Bombardier Transportation 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.
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 Indices. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, we
posted revenues of $18.2 billion. News and information are available at
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