The name "Hayate" has not been used previously on any train service in Japan. The name was chosen with input from the public; roughly translated, it means a strong or violent wind; however, it carries positive connotations of speed and power--ideal for use with a Shinkansen. The Hayate service uses 10-car E2 Series Shinkansen units, with 15 return trips a day operating between Tokyo and Hachinohe, with one return trip between Sendai and Hachinohe.
Hayate services are coupled with Komachi services as far as Morioka, where the Komachi cars are uncoupled and proceed to Akita Station via the Akita Shinkansen. Due to the popularity of the quick train service from Tokyo to the Tōhoku region, passengers on both the Hayate and Komachi services must have seat reservations.