Israel orders extra double-deck cars

Israel Railways has today exercised options on a contract for 54 additional double-deck cars from Bombardier Transportation, which is set to make 78 million Euros from the order.

Bombardier Transportation will deliver 54 additional double-deck cars to Israel Railways. The order, which is valued at some 78 million Euros, represents the exercise of an option for 23 cars included in the initial contract signed in 1999, and its extension by 31 additional units.

The new order brings to 147 the number of double-deck cars purchased by Israel Railways, 89 of which have already been delivered. The new cars are scheduled to be delivered between December 2005 and mid 2006.

The new 47 intermediary coaches and seven cab cars will be mainly manufactured at Bombardier’s facility in Görlitz, Germany.

Some of the final assembly, including the installation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems as well as the seats, will be carried out locally by Israel Aviation Industry.

Olof Persson, President, Mainline and Metros, Bombardier Transportation, commented: “This order testifies to our excellent relationship with Israel Railways.

“The fact that our customer more than doubled the number of vehicles that they had originally planned to purchase clearly shows their trust and appreciation in our trains.”