Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bombardier will expand Israeli fleet

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

Bombardier Transportation announced that it will supply Israel Railways (ISR) with an additional 72 double-deck coaches. This order is part of a framework agreement signed in October 2010, under which 150 coaches were ordered that year.

The new order is valued at approximately $158 million and brings the total number of new double-deck cars for ISR to 222.

Bombardier said the new coaches are an improved version of the trains currently in operation. The first coaches of the improved model, ordered last year, entered passenger service on Dec. 1, 2011. Bombardier manufactures and tests the coaches at its Görlitz plant in Germany before they are completed by Bombardier''s partner in Israel, the Dimona-based company Matar.