Thales SAIC Transportation System has won a €33m contract to supply its SelTrac communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling system to the 35.8km Nanjing Airport rail link in China.
The Nanjing Airport rail line is expected to be operational ahead of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games held in the city.
The link between Nanjing South Station and the city's Lukou International Airport will include five stations across an 18.3km underground section and three stations on a 16.6km elevated part of the line.
Thales's SelTrac CBTC system is intended to improve the safety and reliability of the airport link, ensuring optimal performance to meet the city's growing passenger service and transport demand.
Thales has already installed SelTrac CBTC on metro systems in Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
In addition to its two existing lines, the city is also planning to open four new lines before the games, which could include an extension to the Nanjing Airport rail link.
Midas Holdings' joint venture company, Nanjing SR Puzhen Rail Transport (NPRT), received a RMB588m ($92.7m) contract from Nanjing Metro earlier in September to supply 15 trains for the airport link.