Siemens Mobility has presented the first of the 12 vehicles for Sky Line people mover at the Terminal 3 of Frankfurt Airport. Over the next few weeks, the vehicle will be prepared for its first test trips, which are scheduled to take place in 2023.
Albrecht Neumann, the CEO of Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility, Stefan Bögl, CEO of the Max Bögl group, and Stefan Schulte, the CEO of Fraport AG, have presented the new vehicle.
Each of the 12 planned vehicles will consist of two permanently linked cars, each of which is 11 meters and 2.8 meters wide and weighs 15 metric tonnes. One car of each vehicle will be reserved for non-Schengen travelers.
The new vehicles are manufactured considering special requirements for the new Sky Line and include a large number of folding seats to ensure that passengers always have enough space for their luggage, as well as specially designed grab bars that allow greater freedom of movement. When the system is completed, the vehicles will run on angled wheels surrounding a guide rail mounted on a concrete surface. All of these measures will help ensure safe travel.
“The delivery of the first fully automated vehicle marks an important milestone in the construction of the new Sky Line. Going forward, these conveyances will efficiently, comfortably, and sustainably carry passengers to and from the new terminal,” Albrecht Neumann, CEO for Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility, said.
The vehicles will be serviced in a new maintenance building and washed by a dedicated system. This first vehicle of the new Sky Line people mover will also be provisionally parked in the maintenance building.
The new Sky Line people mover supplements the existing transport system that passengers have been using for many years to get between Terminals 1 and 2. The new driverless system will provide sufficient capacity to carry up to 4,000 persons an hour in each direction to and from them and Terminal 3. The vehicles will run every two minutes between the new terminal and the two existing ones, 365 days a year.
The Max Bögl group is responsible for building much of the new, 5.6-km-long route on which the new Sky Line will operate. This work has been ongoing since July 2019 and is proceeding right on schedule.
“The new Sky Line will integrate Terminal 3 into the existing airport infrastructure. And the arrival of this first vehicle marks yet another important milestone in the overall project. We are deploying stateof-the-art technology and intelligent construction methods to implement our vision of a futuristic airport terminal,” Stefan Schulte, CEO of Fraport AG said.