Bombardier agrees 10-year contract with Fraport AG

By Sean Galea-Pace
The rail transport firm, Bombardier, has agreed a 10-year contract with Fraport AG to continue operating its Innovia APM 100 people mover system. Bomba...

The rail transport firm, Bombardier, has agreed a 10-year contract with Fraport AG to continue operating its Innovia APM 100 people mover system.

Bombardier has signified its intent to modernise its signalling technology with the CITYFLO 650 solution at Frankfurt Airport. With the contract valued at around US$113mn, it includes the option of an additional five years of operation and maintenance of the system.

The order was signed on March 31, 2020 and is set to be included in the year’s first quarter results.

“We look forward to continuing our long-standing successful partnership with Fraport, whose 25th anniversary we celebrated last year,” commented Michael Fohrer, Head of Bombardier Transportation Germany. “Our team is doing a great job to ensure that millions of travellers and guests arrive safely, comfortably and with almost 100% reliability at their destinations in the terminals around the clock. Modernizing the fully automated passenger transport system will extend the life cycle of the entire facility as well as its operation and maintenance by at least 10 years.”

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“Our proven state-of-the-art CITYFLO 650 train control technology will prepare the system in Frankfurt for a digital future,” added Richard Hunter, Head of Rail Control Solutions, Bombardier Transportation. “This communication-based system can be installed without interfering with ongoing operations and tight schedules because it can be used together with the existing signalling technology and does not require the system to be shut down.”

It is the second time that the fully automatic CITYFLO 650 communication-based train control system will be used in Germany. The system is already in operation at airports across 35 countries worldwide, including in China, USA, Spain, Germany, India, Thailand, Brazil and Saudi Arabia.

The fully automatic passenger transport system has been connecting Terminals 1 and 2 at Frankfurt Airport called “SkyLine” since 1994. At its peak, the fleet which consists of 18 INNOVIA 100 vehicles operates every 90 seconds to the four stations, which allows millions of passengers and guests to reach their destinations in the terminals safely and comfortably 24/7.

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