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Bombardier signs agreement with Dallas/Fort Worth

May 30, 2011, Fort Worth, Tx. - Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has signed a contract with Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport to provide maintenance services for the Bombardier Innovia APM 200 automated people mover (APM) system at the airport for 10 years starting in May 2011.

May 30, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

Bombardier has worked together with DFW since the year 2000 when the
order for the eight-kilometre, elevated dual-lane guideway APM system
was placed. Known as Skylink, the 64-car APM system offers convenient
passenger travel in either direction on the comfortable, climate
controlled INNOVIA vehicles, connecting Terminals A, B, C, D and E.

has been responsible for the maintenance services at DFW since the APM
system opened for passenger services in May 2005. Since then, the system
has achieved outstanding results in availability, exceeding 99.5% each

“Since it opened in 2005, the Skylink people mover
system has helped transform DFW into one of the best connecting airports
in the world by offering fast and easy access between all five of our
terminals,” said Jeff Fegan, Chief Executive Officer of DFW
International Airport.  “Skylink has dramatically improved the passenger
experience at DFW, and we are truly pleased to continue our long term
partnership with Bombardier for the operations and maintenance of the
Skylink system.”

Commenting on the contract award, Eran
Gartner, President, Systems division, Bombardier Transportation, said:
“This 10-year contract extension demonstrates the confidence that DFW
Airport has in our INNOVIA maintenance services and the highly reliable performance that can be achieved from our INNOVIA
APM product line. Our experienced service delivery team has done a
superb job delivering high availability levels since the system opened
in 2005.” He added: “In addition to our on-site team, our INNOVIA
APM specialists in Pittsburgh, USA, are developing energy saving
solutions for the DFW fleet; this will increase further the value that
we bring to our customer’s operations and prove our commitment to
continously improve the services that we provide.”


the start of operations, the APM system at DFW has serviced more than 31
million car kilometres, always ensuring safe and reliable service. In
all its years of operation, there have been no lost time accidents.


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