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The inaugural LNER Azuma service departed Edinburgh Waverley at 05:40 on 1st August, as dawn broke on a new age of rail travel along the 393-mile route connecting the Scottish and English capital cities. 
 
Azuma services will also begin in Glasgow from Monday 23  September, with the inaugural service departing for London King's Cross at 06:48, and the inaugural return from London to Glasgow the same day at 15:30.
 
David Horne, LNER Managing Director, said: "This week marks the beginning in a new age of rail travel in Britain with our Azuma trains being launched on our Edinburgh route. Azuma trains by LNER offer more seats, better WiFi, more reliability and will ultimately offer faster journey times between the two cities.
 
"The Azuma experience is the proud tradition of LNER setting new standards in rail travel. From extra legroom, improved accessibility and more environmentally friendly, our new trains are truly transformational.
 
"The original Flying Scotsman train entered passenger service in 1862 when the locomotive was introduced between Edinburgh and London. Throughout its 157-year history the service has endured as a symbol of speed and excellence on the East Coast route. We are excited to be continuing that proud tradition with the first Azuma passenger train being our Flying Scotsman service."
 
To celebrate the launch of Azuma services to Scotland, LNER has unveiled its first official tartan, created with colours that represent the regions and communities it serves.
 
Created by renowned tartan designer Ken MacDonald, based in Paisley, the Azuma train working the  inaugural 'Flying Scotsman' service will display a new livery featuring the tartan, the first Azuma train to sport a special livery.
 
Azuma is a game-changer for cross-border long-distance travel. The new world-class fleet will help create more regular journey times of just four hours between Edinburgh and London with the introduction of a new timetable from 2021.
 
All existing trains on the route will be replaced with a fleet of 65 new Azuma trains built in the North East of England.
 
Azuma trains boast a dedicated 'Let's Eat Cafe Bar' in addition to the ever-popular at-seat trolley service in Standard Class. Customers in First Class will enjoy complimentary two-course meals freshly prepared in the onboard kitchens using locally sourced ingredients. First Class also includes larger tables, reclining seats and both USB and plug sockets at every seat. The seats have been designed to maximise comfort and support posture.
 
                        
 
A new traffic light seat reservation system alongside clear digital displays above seats in First and Standard Class make it easy for customers to find reserved or available seats on-board.