London's Heathrow Expressis getting more luggage space, more AC/USB power sockets, better WiFi and new seats in the first class 'Business First' carriages.
Even the trains themselves will be somewhat 'new', being refurbished Electrostar sets built in 2015-2017 and previously used on Great Western Railway commuter services.
Their £11m make-over is intended to provide a 'bespoke experience for air travellers' which is a little closer to the airport experience itself, Heathrow Express promises.
Rolling out on the dedicated Heathrow-Paddington service from mid-2020, the fresh-faced cars will include AC/USB power outlets at every seat – handy for a quick top-up on the 15 minute journey – along with more luggage space.
The free 4G-based WiFi service will be an extension of that offered by Heathrow Airport itself, so that passengers won't need to sign on twice – once at the airport, and again on the train – with seamless connection "from (airport) gate to Paddington or vice versa”, says Chris Crauford, Head of Commercial at Heathrow Express.
New reclining seats wrapped in a deeply-padded tweed fabric (above) will adorn the first class carriages, although the seating layout will change from the current 1-1 configuration to a slightly less exclusive 2-1.
There'll also be what looks like smaller tables in first class.
Free upgrades from standard economy 'Express' class to Business First class remain available for travellers holding Star Alliance Gold or British Airways Executive Club Gold Guest List (GGL) status – just settle yourself into the Business First carriage and when the conductor passes through, show your Express ticket and your frequent flyer card or smartphone app.
The Heathrow Express carries around 18,000 people each day, with the 'new' fleet replacing the original carriages which have been in service for the 22 years since the high-speed service launched in 1998, and adding compatibility with the new Crossrail signalling systems.
One-way fares on the Heathrow Express cost £22-25 when bought on the day of travel, although prices fall to as low as £5.50 if booked online at least 90 days in advance.
Heathrow Express also plans to partner with a taxi service from Paddington, which can be pre-booked when purchasing the railway ticket to offer travellers a complete 'end to end' journey.