Stadler FLIRTs to Hungary

Stadler Bussnang has secured a €125m contract from MÁV-Start, the passenger unit of Hungarian State Railways (MÁV), to deliver 21 additional Flirt electric multiple units (EMUs).

The first six EMUs are scheduled for delivery by October, while the remaining will be handed over by the end of next year.

These new modern, energy-saving EMUs will be operated on Budapest suburban services.

MÁV issued the public procurement in two separate parts so that applicants could bid for the supply of six and 15 units apart.

"Our passengers have already won with the previously purchased 102 EMUs, and this advantageous tendency is now continuing."

The first six trains are being funded through the EU’s current transport operational programme, which expires this year. These trains are scheduled to be ready by the end of October.

The remaining 15 units will be financed through the integrated transport development operational programme.

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By the end of next year, MÁV-START will have the total of 123 Flirt trains.

MÁV chairwoman and CEO Ilona Dávid said: "Our passengers have already won with the previously purchased 102 EMUs, and this advantageous tendency is now continuing."

Stadler Rail Group Hungary country manager Zoltán Dunai said: "During the ten years of its presence in Hungary, Stadler has sold altogether 133 trains with high domestic-added value, out of which 123 were sold for MÁV."

The new low-floor regional trains are designed for 160km/h operation and will be equipped with European Train Control System 2 (ETCS 2).

Each Flirt unit will seat 211 passengers and will be equipped with passenger information system, air-conditioning, multifunctional areas for the storage of bicycles, disabled accessible toilets, free Wi-Fi connection and power sockets.

Image: A MAV 21 Flirt EMU. Photo: courtesy of Stadler Rail.