The supersonic airliner “Concorde” achieved commercial flight as early as 1976. It took less than three hours from London to New York, but the ticket price of more than 7,000 US dollars is doomed to be only the choice of a few celebrities. After the Air France crash, the Concorde supersonic flight was gradually grounded and eventually withdrawn from the market.
Pipeline maglev transportation technology has basically achieved a breakthrough, but the biggest problem of this type of project is the sustainability of commercialization. Investment and maintenance require huge investment, and the target customers are not clear, or very few, which is the biggest obstacle to the implementation of this type of project. After the opening of the maglev at Shanghai Pudong Airport, no similar project has landed in China.
In any case, technological breakthroughs are always a symbol of human progress. Only when this type of service is cheaper, safer and more convenient than the current high-speed rail, it may become the first choice for the next generation of inter-provincial travel.
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