what about making one of those the new airforce one?
Today the biggest problem with, specifically, trans-pacific flights is that you burn an entire day in travel, both ways. That means if you want to take a weekend to go somewhere, you can't, because 2 days minus 2 days is zero days, you have no time to actually spend doing anything. And that's aside from the recovery time of that much air travel. Short duration trips are then only reasonable if you can cram in some very high priority activity, which is very limiting. For shorter trip times it becomes feasible to squeeze in short trips on a more regular basis. I had a coworker who lived in the Seattle area and flew down to LA every weekend to visit his wife for several months. That's only feasible if you can cram travel into Friday/Sunday evenings. That sort of thing will become possible with a service like BFREE.
Most importantly, you don't burn entire days in travel, you simply add travel as a component into those days. These flights are expected to be in the $10k range, so basically anyone who makes more than about $4m a year will have a straight up logical cost/benefit reason to use BFREE for long distance flights instead of air travel, because it means they get the majority of that whole day back, instead of burning it flying.
Have you ever taken any long-haul flight? I guess some people don't mind, but I find it excruciating.
Few people have to be somewhere in an hour. But lots of people would love to.
Urgent signing and cancelling of business deals in person, or delivery of high tech expertise or knowledgable staff.
Um, let me think about that for, no, wait. I'll take the hour, please.
Why is the Concorde not in service anymore? Simple: it was a very little market, over-polluting for over-privileged and we do not need that to enhance traveling, we already tried! How would this BFR be different?
They will build this rocket anyway, the will have to make it reusable anyway. All they did is consider using it as a transporter for people on earth.
Its just one way the can potentially make money with this technology. Does not hurt to try. No reason to shit on the idea and claim its some absurd fantasy.
Indeed it doesn't hurt to try!
"Cost per seat should be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft. Forgot to mention that."