Stadler Rail is set to deliver the first six-carriage double-decker trains for the Russian firm Aeroexpress through a ship route from Muttenz through Amsterdam to the Baltic Sea.
According to the contract, Stadler will supply 25 double-decker KISS trains consisting of 118 coaches. 16 units will feature four cars and the remaining nine will be six-car vehicles.
Aeroexpress will run this double-decker train on the line from Moscow to Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo Airports.
The carriages will be transferred to Klaipeda, Lithuania, and later will be transported on the broad-gauge route to Minsk, where commissioning work can be completed in the new Stadler factory.
The first four trains of the order are being manufactured by Stadler Rail in Altenrhein, Switzerland, and the remaining units will be welded and assembled in Fanipol, Belarus by Stadler Minsk.
Stadler Minsk employees have already completed the initial works and the commissioning of new trains will also take place in Belarus once it is transported to Russia.
Commercial operations of the first train are to start in June 2015 and the remaining trains are expected to start service in June 2016.
Stadler Rail Group and Aeroexpress are strategic partners after participating and winning an international tender in Moscow in 2013 and signed the contract in May the same year.
Image: The first six-carriage double-decker trains for Aeroexpress are being transported through a ship route. Photo: courtesy of Stadler Rail.