It is difficult to object the fact that aviation is and has always been, remarkable. The outstanding innovations seen throughout each new aircraft variant, whether it be made by Boeing or a company somewhat smaller like Comac are always interesting to observe.
Other transport options like going by boat are considered way too slow compared to the quick travel times offered by modern jets. But an old rival is re emerging and could damage the aviation industry. Not in the form of boats or innovative cars, but trains.
The Hyperloop is a concept designed by Elon Musk and, once completed, is expected to reach speeds of about 760mph or 1,200km/h. One of the busiest air routes in the world, from Los Angeles to San Fransisco, is a proposed route for the Hyperloop, taking a mere 35 minutes. The name for that train route is the “Hyperlink Alpha” and would become the first hyperloop train to exist. Luckily for aviation, developement costs are rumoured to soar above the original budget of $6 billion (passenger-only variant) or $7.5 billion (passenger and vehicle variant). Critics also claim that it is too unsafe and a terrorist attack could be deadly considering the current design features.
Although it boasts great potential in terms of travel times, the Hyperloop has its downsides. It is a sort of threat to the aviation industry, stealing passengers and forcing airlines to stop operating certain routes due to the heavy competition from the Hyperloop. Thanks to its issues however, aviation could catch up, and with the recent announcement that Boom, a manufacturer, intends to create a supersonic jet capable of carrying up to fifty people, it is unlikely that in the near future trains will takeover aviation. What do you think?