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Trenitalia has confirmed an order for a partnership of Hitachi Rail (60%) and Bombardier Transportation (40%) to supply 14 more Frecciarossa 1000 high speed trainsets and maintain them for 10 years.
The €575m deal announced on June 4 follows the publication in May of FS Group’s business plan for 2019-23.
The additional trainsets will complement the 50 ETR400s already supplied, with some likely to be used to support enhanced inter-city links to principal airports including Roma Fiumicino and Milano Malpensa.
Marco Biffoni, Head of Sales for Bombardier Transportation in Italy, said the trainsets from the manufacturer’s V300 Zefiro family had ‘already proven to be very popular with Italian passengers’ and the latest order ‘highlights our continuing leadership in the exciting high speed market segment.’
The Frecciarossa 1000 trainsets are about 200 m long with a capacity of 460 passengers, and are designed to be capable of operating at up to 360 km/h.
Maurizio Manfellotto, CEO of Hitachi Rail SpA, said the earlier trainsets had ‘dramatically enhanced the performance and customer experience of the Italian high speed rail network’. He described them as ‘a perfect example of how suppliers and customers working together towards a common goal can deliver for passengers’.
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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