Switzerland’s Stadler sells FLIRT trains to Azerbaijan for 115 million euros

Stadler Rail AG, a leading Swiss manufacturer of railway rolling stocks signed an agreement with Azerbaijan Railways, the country’s national railway company (ADY) for the sale of its state-of-the-art FLIRT rolling stock units.

“We are very pleased that ADY has added the FLIRT to its fleet after several orders for different vehicles from Stadler. ADY will have a state-of-the-art vehicle thanks to the five-car trains from the FLIRT family,” Sales Ansgar Brockmeyer, Stadler’s head of sales said in a statement, adding that the FLIRTs will be designed to meet the Russian GOST requirements which are in place in the country.

“The order from the Caspian Sea underlines once again how Stadler can respond to individual customer needs – and demonstrates the versatility of the FLIRT,” the company added.

According to the agreement, ten five-car FLIRT trains will be supplied to ADY for 115 million euros, including four interregional trains that will be configured as interregional trains with diesel-electric propulsion and six electrically-driven trains, with three of them designed for interregional traffic while the remaining three will be used as regional trains for suburban transport.

The contract marks the first time Stadler will deliver FLIRTs for Azerbaijan. Since 2014, ADY has made several orders from the Swiss company, including that of sleeping cars for a train route between Turkey and Azerbaijan, as well as double-decker KISS trains.