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Bombardier Transportation and the leasing company Akiem S.A. have signed a contract for the delivery of 10 BOMBARDIER TRAXX DC locomotives, with an option of up to 10 additional locomotives. Based on list price, the firm order is valued at approximately 33 million euro (44 million US) the total potential contract value if the option for 10 additional locomotives is exercised would be approximately 65 million euro (86 million US).
The locomotives will be used for freight transport in Italy and Poland. Delivery is scheduled between the third quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. It will expand Akiems TRAXX fleet of 15 locomotives that were ordered in 2013. In Poland alone around 70 TRAXX locomotives are in operation – the largest fleet of state-of-the-art locomotives currently operating in this country. In Italy more than 100 TRAXX locomotives are in use.
This contract is a new step in Akiem’s European development, this fleet of pure DC3kV TRAXX is answering customers requirements for a cost efficient and reliable traction solution in both Polish and Italian domestic markets. This contract is the result of a real partnership with Bombardier, all our new 3kV TRAXXs customer will benefit from the skills of Akiem engineers and Akiems spare-parts and components storage which we developed with our previous AC and MS TRAXX fleet said Fabien Rochefort CEO of Akiem.
The locomotives are designed for speeds of up to 140 km/h and are well known for their high reliability, excellent traction capabilities, energy efficiency and low maintenance cost. .
Bombardiers proven TRAXX DC locomotives have been operating in revenue service since 2007. More than 160 TRAXX DC locomotives are currently operating in Italy, Poland and Spain. TRAXX is viewed as the most successful locomotive platform in Europe with over 1700 locomotive sold for freight and passenger service.
*DC locomotive: electric locomotive, designed for operating under direct current (DC) catenary system in Europe with 3 kV.
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