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Alstom Enhances DFW Airport's Transit System with Major Skylink Overhaul

Alstom Enhances DFW Airport's Transit System with Major Skylink Overhaul
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15 / 11 / 2023

Alstom has signed a contract with Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to deliver a modernization and replacement program for their Skylink automated people mover (APM) system. The contract is valued at just over USD 72.2 million. The Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, with over 73 million passengers in 2022, according to the Airports Council International.

Under this contract, Alstom’s scope of work includes the overhaul, retrofit, or replacement of vehicle and wayside components necessary to mitigate obsolescence and allow the system to provide continuous, reliable, and safe operation. In 2022, Alstom signed a 10-year contract to continue maintaining the 64 Innovia APM 200 vehicles, subsystems, and related components.  Alstom is also responsible for maintaining the eight-kilometer elevated dual-lane guideway, which includes the guide beam, third rail power, power distribution, guideway heating systems, and Automatic Train Control equipment. Alstom currently has a team of 100 operations and maintenance experts devoted to serving the DFW Skylink, with a consistent operational performance of 99.7%.

Michael Keroullé, President and CEO of Alstom Americas said: “Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, and the Skylink APM is fundamental to moving passengers and the employees who keep the airport running. We are grateful for DFW’s long-term partnership, which demonstrates the value our services team continues to bring to our airport customers. We are committed to this partnership. This new contract will allow us to further enhance the world-class experience people have come to expect from Skylink.”

Alstom has more than 50 years of experience in designing, building, maintaining, and operating fully automated and energy-efficient APM systems, delivering more than 30 systems with full operations and maintenance support. The company installed the world’s first driverless APM system at Tampa International Airport in 1971. This level of performance has led airports around the world, including eight of the 10 busiest airports in the United States, to choose Alstom for their automated transit systems, and confirms Alstom’s position as the #1 private operator in North America.

The driverless Innovia APM is a transportation solution specially designed to serve airports and dense urban areas. It offers quick, comfortable, and convenient service for commuters within cities, to and from airports, or between airport terminals. Innovia APM cars operate on a dedicated guideway underground, on ground level, or elevated, avoiding interference with surrounding road or runway traffic. Built on 50+ years of successful and dependable operation, Innovia APM solutions incorporate modern aesthetics and advanced subsystems for optimized functionality.

As the market leader in rail modernization, Alstom has modernized over 40,000 vehicles worldwide, extending the lifetime of fleets, improving performance and functionality with innovative upgrades, and reducing carbon emissions with green solutions.

Source: Alstom