HIGASHIOSAKA, Osaka -- West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) on July 10 unveiled to the press new carriages that will be coupled to its Kansai Airport Express "Haruka" trains to increase their capacity and meet increasing demand from foreign tourists.
The Haruka service provides a direct connection between Kansai International Airport in the south of Osaka Prefecture and Tennoji and Shin-Osaka stations in the city of Osaka, and continues on to Kyoto Station.
The new carriages come in sets of three with 122 seats. They were developed to be coupled to the present six-car train, which has 248 seats, for the limited express service. After the new carriages are put into operation in the spring of 2020, every Haruka train is due to have nine carriages.
The carriages are newly equipped with multilingual information displays in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean, as well as security cameras, more room for luggage, and electric outlets at every seat. The entire project is set to cost 6 billion yen.
(Japanese original by Masaki Takahashi, Osaka City News Department)