Stadler steps up in Azerbaijan
Stadler Rail is strengthening its presence in Azerbaijan. After deliveries of passenger coaches and double-decker trains to this country, the Swiss company has got the first order for its popular Flirt vehicles. The deal for supplying 10 trains is valued at 115 million euros.
Azerbaijan Railways (ADY) and Stadler Rail have concluded an agreement for 10 five-car Flirt trains. According to the contract, Stadler Rail will deliver the first vehicles to ADY in 2022. The order consists of four diesel units and six electric units. Three vehicles will be designed for commuter service in Baku while the remainder will run on the interregional lines.
A seating capacity of the ordered trains depends on their specification: 271 passengers for the interregional diesel trains, 236 passengers for the interregional electric units and 255 passengers for the commuter electric units. The interregional trains will offer two-class service and a bistro room while the commuter vehicles will have sufficient standing room for short local journeys.
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In the past years, ADY has already ordered rolling stock from Stadler Rail. In 2014 the railway operator booked 30 sleeping carriages for the Baku – Istanbul train service to Turkey. This order included 27 sleeping cars with a capacity for 16-34 passengers and 3 restaurant cars for 28 seats each. Currently, the carriages serve the Baku – Tbilisi link to Georgia. Also, in 2015 and 2018, ADY ordered double-decker KISS trains. ADY operates nine units of this type. Most of them run on the Baku – Sumqayit line.