LNER’s world-class Azuma trains have entered service, travelling between London King’s Cross and Leeds.
The first Azuma train in service is one of 65 new trains to replace LNER’s existing fleet of 45 trains, which run along the 940 miles of track between Scotland, North East England, Yorkshire, the East Midlands and London.
David Horne, Managing Director of LNER, said: “The launch of the first Azuma trains is a truly momentous event for LNER and the communities that we serve. Setting new benchmarks in rail travel is part of our DNA, and the new Azuma trains are the next big step for LNER in making the customer experience the best that it can be. They will transform travel with improved reliability, greater levels of comfort and an average of 100 more seats on every train compared to the current fleet. From extra leg-room and improved Wi-Fi to being more environmentally friendly and accessible to more people, the Azuma experience is a real revolution in rail travel.”
The onboard experience is a significant improvement for LNER customers. Every Azuma train has a Let’s Eat Cafe Bar and will still include the at-seat trolley service in Standard. Customers in First Class will enjoy a complimentary two-course meal freshly prepared in the onboard kitchens using locally sourced ingredients. First Class includes larger tables, reclining seats and USB and plug sockets at every seat. The seats have been designed to maximise comfort and support posture.
There’s a new traffic light seat reservation system above seats in Standard and First Class which will make it easy for customers to find reserved or available seats onboard. There’s also LNER’s fastest free Wi-Fi ever, which is delivered by Icomera, and plugs at every seat and blinds on every window in Standard. Passengers also experience a more comfortable journey with an additional 7cm of legroom at every seat.
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