The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board, Executive Director Phil Brown and Darin Friedman, Vice President and
General Manager of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America unveil the models of the one-of-a-kind
Automated People Mover trains in production for Orlando International Airport
ORLANDO, FL. – For many, the first ride they have when they visit Orlando is not at a theme park but
instead on the Automated People Mover (APM) trains that connect the airsides to the main terminal
building at Orlando International Airport. Now, after over 35 years of service and more than 2.8 million
miles, the original APMs are being replaced. Wednesday the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority board
members unveiled models of the next generation of train that will succeed them.
The APMs were the vision of John Wycoff, one of the original planners of the airport and former executive
director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. His vision was that the airport should set the stage for
the visitor’s experience to the excitement of Orlando. An experience that has come to be known as The
“When I see a parent lean down and tell their child that they are about to take their first ride in Orlando, I
can’t help but smile and think that John Wycoff has achieved his vision,” says Stan Thornton, Chief
Operating Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “It is time to retire the original APM cars and
bring in the next generation that will continue to provide that wow moment in welcoming visitors to
“Today’s travelers are sophisticated and they expect the United States’ number one travel destination to
provide state-of-the-art amenities and services, these new trains do just that,” says Frank Kruppenbacher,
Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “These automated people movers are some of the
first and last impressions that travelers to Orlando will have of our area so it is our responsibility to make
sure it is a positive one.”
The new trains are currently being built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industry. Along with the replacement trains for airsides 1 and 3, trains are also being constructed for the new Automated People Mover station which is currently under construction to the south of the main terminal complex.
The cost for the replacement trains is $90 million while the cost for the new trains servicing the south are included in the overall $470 million south airport APM Complex project budget.
The new trains are scheduled to be operational by fall of 2017.
Extra trivia: The trains being replaced have traveled the equivalent of nearly 6 round trips to the moon.
Basic MCO information: Orlando International Airport (MCO), serves approximately 39 million passengers annually, of which over 13 percent are international. MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and has more than 18,000 badged employees and generates over $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. In its ongoing efforts to value and delight its customers, MCO has embarked on a series of Capital Improvements valued at over $1.3 billion and has approved designing a new South Terminal project all aimed at enhancing The Orlando Experience®.