EUROPE: The signing of a framework agreement for 52 Traxx locomotives was announced by leasing company Akiem and Bombardier Transportation on June 22.

Subject to financial close, Akiem will place a firm order for an initial 26 locomotives with a list price of €95m to be delivered from 2017.

The framework agreement covers AC and multi-system locomotives configured for use in 13 countries, with provision for various options such as last mile diesel engines and remote control.

Akiem has also exercised an option for five Traxx DC locomotives under a previous contract.

‘This significant investment with Bombardier will extend Akiem's fleet to 100 Traxx locomotives by 2018’, said Akiem CEO Fabien Rochefort. ‘We are accelerating our positioning on German and Austrian national markets as well as major European corridors towards Sweden, Benelux, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and Central Europe.’