Train on tarmac as UK-first ticket service launched
This morning Heathrow Express, First Great Western and Singapore Airlines launched a UK-first service and celebrated in style with an unusual train to tarmac trip.
Heathrow Express has teamed up with First Great Western and Singapore Airlines to launch the first integrated rail-fly ticket in the UK, with a Class 43 High Speed Train coming face-to-face with a Boeing 777-300 to mark the occasion.
The rail-fly deal means that you’ll now be able to arrange international flights and UK rail travel to 11 destinations in the South West on one ticket, improving convenience and saving passengers money.
For example, a ticket from Brisbane to Bristol would save you around 13%, or £140 off the cost of booking both parts separately. Other UK destinations available include Cardiff, Bath, Plymouth and Oxford.
The through ticketing service will allow international passengers to see which train service is most convenient for them on arrival, whilst UK passengers can plan their journey from their destination in the South West or South Wales.
Keith Greenfield, Managing Director of Heathrow Express, said: “Now people will be able to book a journey between Bath and Singapore with just one transaction rather than three. This is the smarter way to travel, and we hope other airlines follow suit. The main beneficiary of this rail-fly deal will be customers – not just Heathrow Express customers but also Singapore Airlines and First Great Western customers.”