Bombardier Transportation received an option order for 40 OMNEO Premium double-deck EMUs from SNCF on behalf of the Normandy Region.
The order is valued at approximately $620 million and is part of the contract signed in 2010 with SNCF to provide up to 860 double-deck trains to the French Regions. The Normandy Region plans to roll out these new premium trains at the end of 2019. According to the company, the premium trains will help improve comfort and capacity by over 20% on the frequently used Paris-Rouen-le Havre and Paris-Caen-Cherbourg lines, compared to the lines' existing fleets.
The OMNEO Premium trains can travel at 124 mph and offer a range of amenities for long-distance travelers. The Wi-Fi equipped train will feature USB charging ports, standard power plugs, and a wider seat equipped with integrated lighting.
To date, the French Regions have ordered a total of 253 trains of the OMNEO product family under the 2010 framework contract. Following the current state of orders, the last train will be delivered in early 2021.