IRJ understands that ÖBB is seeking up to 150 three-car and 150 four-car sets over a five-year framework deal. However, provision will be made for the transfer of any order to the Ministry of Transport or its subsidiary Schig in case other operators win contracts.

Should all options in the framework deal be taken up insiders suggest that ÖBB could use the new trains to replace Bombardier Talent EMUs or for operation abroad. The tender says the technical specifications for the new trains can be altered "significantly" for any order made.