First Upgrades Railair Coach Passengers to First Class with Brand-New £2.5 Million Fleet of Scania Irizar i6’s for Reading-to-Heathrow Airport Service
New £2.5 Million EURO6 Low-Carbon Scania Irizar i6 fleet marks significant investment in luxury passenger experience.
The fast non-stop RailAir coach service connecting Reading railway station with Heathrow Airport has been given a major upgrade with the arrival of a brand-new fleet of premium Scania Irizar i6 coaches. Starting Monday January 14, passengers using the RailAir service will be transported in deep-cushioned leather seats offering maximum comfort, while the latest in wireless charging point technology as well as USB charging sockets and free wi-fi allow them to charge their devices and stay connected at the same time. Passengers with wheelchairs benefit from the latest lift technology to assist smooth boarding and alighting, and the air-conditioned vehicles are equipped with high-definition displays providing live departure information for Reading train station so passengers are informed about their onward train journeys.
Commenting on the brand-new fleet, Simon Goff, Interim Managing Director for First Berkshire, which operates RailAir, said: “This investment is fantastic news for RailAir passengers. Our team has worked tirelessly to turn RailAir into effectively the most modern and luxurious coach service to Heathrow Airport– travelling in the equivalent of first class on our coaches is an ideal start for those who may have a connecting flight ahead of them.”
All coaches are fitted with the latest Euro6 engines, which produce 95% less oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions compared to the existing RailAir fleet, and as a result will help improve air quality along the route.
The premium Scania Irizar i6 coaches will operate the RailAir Service 7 days per week, including Bank Holidays – up to every 20 minutes from 4am in the morning until 1am at night. Coaches depart every 20 minutes from Reading Station and Heathrow Terminals 2, 3 (Central Bus Station) and Terminal 5, taking from just 38 minutes to reach their destinations. It’s often cheaper and more convenient to change onto RailAir services at Reading station rather than changing trains in central London.
"Winning this prestigious order for nine coaches from First Group represents a major conquest success for Scania," comments James Thorley, Fleet Sales Manager for Scania Bus and Coach.
"The decision to purchase was based not only on the proven reliability of the Scania chassis, but also on the quality of the aftersales care provided by our network. On behalf of the entire Scania Bus and Coach team, I would like to thank the network for the high levels of support and service they deliver on a daily basis to all our customers – for us it's a real differentiator which helps us win business and places Scania at the forefront of our industry.
"Looking forward, we wish First Berkshire every success with its RailAir programme, and trust its fleet of high specification Scania Irizar i6 coaches will not only meet but exceed the expectations of the company and its customers."RailAir’s convenient departure lounge at Reading Railway Station offers work areas, complimentary drinks, free wifi and mains power for those who want to plug in laptops or other mobile devices to catch up with e-mails. And for those who are being dropped off by car at Reading Bus Station, there’s 30 minutes free parking in the adjacent car park, which is clearly signposted on Blagrave Street.
RailAir’s website provides a suite of e-tickets which can be bought in advance of journeys while the free First Bus mTicket app offers a selection of mTickets. Customers then use their smartphones and scan their tickets at the ticketing machine when they board the coach. Customers can also purchase a ticket from the driver and pay with cash, contactless bank card, credit card or contactless-enabled smartphones. Tickets start from £20 for an early bird adult return, so £10 per journey, and a family of up to four (maximum of 2 adults) can book return tickets for £40.
For more information about Railair, including timetables and ticket prices, visit the website www.railair.com.