Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bombardier completes Gatwick Airport installation

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Bombardier Transportation Wednesday presented the ceremonial keys to the chief executive officer of London Gatwick Airport, signifying completion of the upgrade project for the inter-terminal transit system, which will commence passenger services Thursday. Bombardier’s upgrade work included the supply of its INNOVIA APM 100 automated people mover system, including six APM vehicles and all of the electrical and mechanical equipment for the 1.2-kilometer (0-75-mile) dual-lane system.

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Bombardier’s Pittsburgh facility designed and supplied the new driverless vehicles, automatic train control, communications and power distribution system, and station platform doors, as well as project management, systems engineering and integration, and test and commissioning.

The INNOVIA APM 100 vehicles have replaced the Airport’s original fleet and will operate on the existing elevated guideway that connects the North and South terminals. Bombardier also supplied the previous inter-terminal transit system in 1987.

Serge Van Themsche, vice president, EMEA, of Bombardier Transportation Systems Division, said, “We are delighted to present our Gatwick Airport customer with the keys to their new transit system. Our proven INNOVIA APM 100 systems consistently surpass availability levels of 99% in airports all over the world. We are confident that this new inter-terminal transit system will fully satisfy the demanding requirements of Gatwick Airport and we look forward to supporting the Airport to sustain and enhance world class operations throughout the life of the renewed system.”

Bombardier says it has supplied its INNOVIA automated people mover technology to all three of London’s international airports: Gatwick, Heathrow, and Stansted.