November 24, 2016 / 3:47 PM / 2 years ago

Bombardier gets $620 million train order from Normandy, France

A Bombardier logo is pictured on the company booth during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

(Reuters) - Bombardier Transportation, the rail equipment division of Montreal-based Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO), said it received an option order to build 40 OMNEO premium double deck intercity trains for Normandy, France from French state-owned railways company SNCF Reseau.

The deal, valued at about 585 million Euro ($620 million), is the exercise of an option under a 2010 contract with SNCF to provide up to 860 double deck trains to the French Regions.

“This is the first order for the newly designed Premium version of our OMNEO double deck platform”, said Laurent Bouyer, president of Bombardier Transportation in France.

The new premium OMNEO double deck version has about 100 additional seats and will be rolled out in Normandy by the end of 2019, Bombardier said.

The French regions have ordered a total of 253 trains of the OMNEO product under the 2010 contract and the last train will be delivered in early 2021.

Reporting by Gayathree Ganesan in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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