Stadler building cars for Baku-Tbilisi-Kars
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 19
Switzerland's Stadler Rail Group began production of sleeping type passenger cars for use on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway, Javid Gurbanov, head of Azerbaijan Railways JSC said Feb. 19.
He made remarks during the meeting with Switzerland's Ambassador Philipp Stalder.
"In total, 30 cars will be built for use on BTK," he said. "The cars are produced in four categories: standard, comfort, business and restaurant."
The cars will be 10, 20 and 32-seater depending on their category, according to Gurbanov.
Azerbaijan Railways JSC cooperates with Stadler Rail Group since 2015, he noted adding that Stadler delivered three KISS double-decker electric trains to the country for Baku-Sumgait route.
Additional two electric trains of Stadler will be delivered to Baku in the near future, added Gurbanov.
The ambassador expressed satisfaction with the large-scale reforms conducted by the Azerbaijan Railways JSC in all fields. The sides decided to further expand the bilateral cooperation.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is being constructed on the basis of the Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish intergovernmental agreement. Its commissioning is planned for the second half of this year.
The peak capacity of the BTK is to be 17 million tons of cargo per year. At the initial stage, the capacity will be one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo.