SNCF has introduced newly-designed TGV Océane trains on the line linking Paris-Montparnasse station with Bordeaux and Toulouse in south-western France.
SNCF Voyageurs chief executive Florence Parly joined by Alain Vidalies, French minister of state for transport, oceans and fisheries on the first train as it left Bordeaux-St-Jean station.
The new design features of these TGV trains are evident in the first delivery of forty new trainsets that will run on France’s south-western network between now and 2019.
More comfortable, more practical and better connected than ever, two of the trainsets sport rail liveries in colours that reflect the cities and regions - Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie - they serve.
The new TGV Océane model seats 556 travellers – 22 per cent more than the current TGV Atlantique - with 158 seats in first class and 398 in second class.
It will operate at speeds of up to 320 km/h.
On-board space has been redesigned to enhance comfort and privacy, with improved connectivity and ergonomic seats.
Last but not least, nine out of ten passengers will be seated in the direction of travel thanks to a pioneering approach seen for the first time in France: all first-class seats can pivot to face the train’s destination.
SNCF is a global leader in passenger and freight transport services, with revenue of €31.4 billion in 2015, of which 33 per cent on international markets.
With 260,000 employees in 120 countries, SNCF draws on its foundations in French rail and on its extensive experience as an architect of transport services.