Further odd-ness in an interview of Shah Aslam on TV3 this morning. The interviewer said something about a route "... say, from Wellington to Blenheim". Then at the end of the interview Aslam was asked where his first route would be. He said "Well, we'll take your cue - and go Wellington to Blenheim".
Interesting because Blenheim is not actually a port. Just wondering how well thought-out this is. He's also promising "Auckland to Waiheke in 12 minutes for 12 bucks". It's hard to imagine these things operating at speed in a crowded waterway like Auckland-Waiheke. Also wouldn't have thought that a very short-haul route like that would be best economics for these craft.
If they can do AKL to WAI for even $30 in 12 minutes, they'll need more than 10 100 seater 'vessels'
On a holiday weekend (like Good Friday just gone), Fullers would have brought over well over 1000 on that day alone, at $20 a head each way.
I'll believe it when I see it, and I'm not holding my breath. Just getting the infrastructure built for it will take more than 3 years (building something like that on Waiheke will probably displace some birds or something, which will take years in the courts).