Friday, August 18, 2017

Aeroexpress, Stadler hold production launch ceremony for double-deckers

On Tuesday, Aeroexpress and Swiss train car manufacturer Stadler held a ceremony at Stadler's plant in Altenrhein, Switzerland, to celebrate the start of production for the first 25 double decker train cars to be added to Aeroexpress' Russian fleet.

During the ceremony, Stadler CEO Peter Shpuler and Aeroexpress Executive Director Alexei Sorokin unveiled four of the completed double decker train cars to the companies' business partners and representatives from Russian and Swiss media outlets. Later, the guests were given a tour of Stadler's factory to see the new Aeroexpress cars at each stage of production.

"Production of double-decker trains for Aeroexpress [marks] the successful continuation of the business relationship with Russian customers and an important milestone in our company's history," said Shpuler. "Very soon in Moscow, passengers will be able to [travel] quickly and smoothly, avoiding the famous Moscow traffic jams, and get from the airport to the center of the city on our trains, and we are very proud of that."

Aeroexpress plans to add the 25 new rail cars to its routes connecting the three major Moscow airports--Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo--to the Russian capital's city center by the middle of 2015.

"For us, it is an ambitious project that we underwent for the convenience of passengers," Sorokin said. "Studies show that after 2015, there will be an annual increase in passenger traffic."

Stadler won the bid to produce the new state-of-the-art double decker cars for Aeroexpress in 2013. Under the contract, which is valued at $947 million, Stadler will deliver a total of 118 double decker cars to Aeroexpress by the end of 2016.