By The Nation
The services will be provided for the Bombardier Innovia monorail 300 systems in delivery for Thailand’s first two monorail lines: the Bangkok pink and yellow lines. The order was announced by Bombardier on July 6, 2018 and is valued at approximately 245 million euros (Bt9.23 billion).
Commenting on the order, Keeree Kanjanapas, who chairs the BTSC board of directors, said that its focus is to ensure the highest levels of passenger safety, comfort and performance. “The agreement ensures we will strengthen system performance by drawing on Bombardier’s expertise to provide full continuity between delivery and maintenance for the iconic new system,” he said.
Gregory Enjalbert, Bombardier Transportation’s managing director for Thailand, added that this first long-term services contract for the Innovia monorail 300 system “reflects the benefit we can bring to our customers throughout the full life-cycle of our systems, ensuring highest reliability and availability for the equipment maintained. The company is very pleased to continue our over a decade-long partnership with BTSC and to continue to contribute to Bangkok’s urban development”.
This latest contract will see Bombardier maintain the monorail trains, comprising 288 cars, as well as the system’s guideway switches and depot equipment. In 2017, Bombardier signed contracts to deliver its full turnkey Innovia monorail 300 systems for Bangkok’s Khae Rai to MinBuri (pink) line and Lat Phrao to Samrong (yellow) line.
Bombardier is one of the few mobility solution providers to deliver projects from Thailand for Thailand, including its rail control solutions for Bangkok’s mass transit lines, noted a press release yesterday.
Since 1997, Bombardier has grown its Bangkok team to over 620 engineers and employees, providing full life-cycle rail system support for customers throughout the Asia Pacific.
Bombardier Transportation is a global mobility solution provider and boasting the rail industry’s broadest portfolio. It covers the full spectrum of solutions, ranging from trains to sub-systems and signalling to complete turnkey transport systems, e-mobility technology and data-driven maintenance services.
It aims to provide integrated solutions that create substantial benefits for operators, passengers and the environment, said the release. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation employs around 39,850 people and its products and services operate in over 60 countries.