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Flying is going to get more expensive


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With the American and Us Airways merger flying is going to get more expensive. First thing they will do is reduce capacity which will raise fares. Will be interesting to see what the Justice Department says. would not be surprised if they have to give up a hub or two, too get it passed them. Charlotte should be fine but will seem some reduction in flights. But it might open Charlotte up to other carriers to come in too.

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Southwest will come in and eat their lunch

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When am I getting a NZ direct flight from LAX or Hawaii, Squirrel? Doing some work for people down there, and I'd feel much more comfortable handing them their data in person. Yeah, that's the ticket. And while I'm there, might as well stay a bit.

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Hawaiian starts Auckland in the middle of March direct from Honolulu. Going down there at the end of march for a Familiarization ride. 3 day paid working vacation ftw.


Bad thing is trying to connect all teh way from the east coast to Auckland most likely will have to do a overnight in Honolulu.

Flight leaves out of Honolulu at 1345.

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[quote name='Panthro' timestamp='1360860260' post='2134960']
Southwest will come in and eat their lunch
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That is what I was thinking, but dont know if Southwest would want two focus cities that close. They are probably going to ramp up Atlanta. Jetblue would be smart to move into Charlotte more.

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high speed train is needed like they have been trying to do for a decade now.

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I'm looking at tix to Indy right now that are double what they were last year

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[quote name='Zod' timestamp='1360862168' post='2134997']
high speed train is needed like they have been trying to do for a decade now.
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Never happen, unless MAYBE on a small regional scale. Too much distance to cover.

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I could see a east coast high speed trail. But you are right to much distants to cover. East coast to west coast would never work.

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I was approached by and engineering company 2 years ago and they had been tasked to look at HSR from ATL to CLT. The mapping (which is what I do) alone was gonna be like $2 million. Mapping is a literal drop in the bucket for a project like that...

The environmental hurdles that they would have to clear... the ROW issues... the actual construction of a track that could handle HSR... no way it would make money... and that's for what, 250 miles?

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What would be the ride time from ATL-CLT on the HSR? That to me is the biggest factor on people riding it a long distants. Anything over 4 hours and people will either drive or fly. Instead of riding a train.

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[quote name='Squirrel' timestamp='1360863662' post='2135028']
What would be the ride time from ATL-CLT on the HSR? That to me is the biggest factor on people riding it a long distants. Anything over 4 hours and people will either drive or fly. Instead of riding a train.
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Well I guess that depends on what kind of system it would be. I have no clue, but if you assume 120MPH, that's still 2 hours. Acela in the northeast runs at an avg speed of 84MPH google tells me... and gets up to 150 in places.

I would think that in between ATL and CLT you could run one up to 150 most of the time... so what's that, about 1.5 hours?

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