Debuting in late June, the train service shuttles passengers between China’s two financial hubs for a fraction of the cost (and time) of flying.  Apart from slashing prices, Sinha questions how airlines will ever be able to compete.

“I bet airlines will compete through service. Not just in flight, but more importantly, on the ground. On short sector domestic routes, passengers often end up spending as much time on the ground in the airport as they do in the air.”

Unfortunately for supporters of the rail network, the project came under fire when two high-speed trains collided in July, tragically killing dozens of passengers.

For more, check out China’s High Speed Travel Battle