Arlanda Express is owned and operated by A-Train AB. When the train lines were finished in the fall of 1999, the ownership was given to the Swedish state. In return, A-Train AB now leases the Arlanda Express train lines with an exclusive concession – the right to operate train traffic on the lines until 2050. The business is run entirely on a market basis.
When was Arlanda Express built?
Arlanda Express began construction in 1995 and was completed in 1999.
Portare 1 AB
The shares were sold by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 2014, which had owned A-Train since 2004. Portare is owned by State Super, Sunsuper and Ginko Tree. The acquisition was preceded by an approval process of the new owners and coordination with the owners and AIAB.
About the owners:
STC Pooled Fund (State Super)
State Super holds 37.5% of the shares in Portare.
Sunsuper Pooled Superannuation Trust (Sunsuper)
Sunsuper holds 25% of the shares in Portare.
Gingko Tree Investment Ltd
Asset manager of 37.5% of the shares in Portare.
|Oscar Leopoldson||Deputy CEO & CFO|
|Mia Lindström||Customer Service & Communications Director|
|Jimmy Ahl||Safety Director|
|Martin Byström||Technical Director|
|Madeleine Koch||Human Resource Director|
|Axel Nilsson||Chief Commercial Officer|
|Alexandra Strömberg||Chief Operating Officer|
|Jonas Nygren||Business Intelligence & Business Development Director|
The inauguration of Arlanda Express in November 1999 was a huge step forward for Swedish state of flight and transportation. Suddenly, it only took 18 minutes to smoothly travel from Stockholm Central to Arlanda Airport.
A new travel alternative to and from the airport was needed to be able to construct a third runway while still fulfilling all requirements.
Traditionally, most of the money would have been provided by Swedish taxpayers. However, Sweden’s economy needed a different solution: a number of international banks were convinced to provide loans with only future ticket sale revenue as guarantee, in what became a unique joint project between state and industry.
The Swedish Rail Administration was tasked with handling the expansion closest to Stockholm, with two to four new tracks between Ulriksdal and Rosersberg. A competitive bidding was held for the Arlanda part of the stretch – from Roserberg to Arlanda, and from there to Odensala.
The bidding concluded in August 1994. The winning consortium ALC consisted of the Swedish companies NCC, SIAB and Vattenfall, as well as the British companies Mowlem and GEC Alsthom. The work began in 1995, with NCC and SIAB in charge of construction, structural work and overhead lines. Mowlem provided railroad tracks and switches, and GEC Alsthom delivered the trains and signaling systems.
Manufacturer: Alstom Transport Ltd, Birmingham, England.
Number of trains: There are seven Arlanda Express trains.
Configuration: The trains consist of two engine cars with two passenger cars between them.
Highest speed: Arlanda Express can operate at a maximum of 200 km/h.
Number of seats: There are around 200 seats per Arlanda Express train.
Luggage racks: The passenger cars have spacious luggage racks.
Comfort: The trains are air-conditioned. Step-free boarding is directly from the platform.
Accessibility: The middle car contains wheelchair-accessible areas, including a toilet with a changing table.
The trains were redesigned in 2006, when the interior was overhauled by Björn Borg International.
In 2010-2011 all trains were rebuilt and redesigned again. The project was carried out with the company iDesign: the launch of the Future Train!