The new trains will gradually replace old rolling stock. Stadler will produce 155 four-car FLIRT trains for SBB, 24 four-car FLIRT trains for RegionAlps, and 19 four-car and 88 three-car FLIRT trains for Thurbo. The first trains are expected to be in service from December 2025. Delivery of the last vehicle from the initial call-off order is scheduled for 2034. The framework agreement includes an option for up to 224 additional FLIRT vehicles.
“We are incredibly proud to be able to build these new trains to help expand Swiss regional transport. In 2002, SBB was the first rail operator to order the FLIRT model shortly after its development. It is a great honor for us that after a 20-year success story, the 2,500th FLIRT train sold will now also run on Swiss rails. We would like to thank SBB, Thurbo, and RegionAlps for their trust in us and look forward to deepening our long-term cooperation even further,” says Peter Spuhler, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Group CEO ad interim of Stadler.
The three-car FLIRT vehicles are 57.8 meters long and can accommodate a total of 256 passengers, with seating space for 134 of them. The length of the four-car train is 73.5 meters. There is room for up to 370 passengers, with seats for 146 of them. The vehicles offer step-free boarding and step-free accessibility throughout, from the front to the rear door. The new FLIRT trains are to be approved for Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.