The 83 American-made trainsets, which are currently under production, will help redefine the future of train travel in the states. Amtrak Airo offers passengers elevated travel while reducing air congestion.
Amtrak Airo trains will be offered on two popular routes that go through Boston, the Northeast Regional and the Downeaster. In addition, passengers can ride the Amtrak Airo trainsets on any of these routes: Empire Service, Virginia Services, Keystone Service, Cascades, Maple Leaf, New Haven/Springfield Service, Palmetto, Carolinian, Pennsylvanian, Vermonter, Ethan Allen Express and Adirondack.
We’re thrilled to satisfy the soaring demand for train travel with new state-of-the-art, American-made equipment that ensures the highest standards of comfort, service and amenities,” said Amtrak President Roger Harris.
The new and improved train ride: Amtrak Airo
The trains, which are being manufactured by Siemens in Sacramento, California are part of a large modernization effort from Amtrak similar to the new Acela trains that will debut in 2024.
Amtrak Airo trains will be more fuel efficient, producing 90% less particulate emissions in diesel operations. Dedicated water stations in each cart will provide chilled and filtered hydration, reducing the consumption of disposable water bottles.
Amtrak Airo trains offer spacious seating with increased leg room, adjustable headsets, and a focus on ergonomic seat design. The train café car will include more contemporary food options on board to amend hungry appetites.
Tech systems on the Airo trains will use 5G wi-fi, have direct USB-C ports, offer space for tablet and phone holders, and include enhanced lighting for reading and work. The restrooms will also be more tech savvy, using touchless features to increase hygiene.
Integrated boarding equipment, improved signage, and enhanced space will make Amtrak Airo the most accessible train experience. Amtrak Airo is also to provide inductive hearing technology to assist with onboard announcements.
When will Amtrak Airo roll out?
All of the upgrades noted above will apply to both coach and business class trainsets. The first rides are expected to begin in 2026.