I paid $4000 for a business class seat from Athens to Sydney in June last year. I was quite ill after the overnight flight from Dubai to Sydney in Economy in 2018 (the plane was chockers so I was unable to upgrade). i usually cope quite well with the day flight Sydney 6am to Dubai 2.30(?) pm. I gave up flying direct economy to and from Europe 20 years ago.
I still have the voucher with Qatar Air for 2022 (who knows if I will use it). My only business class flight was one free upgrade Christchurch to Sydney a few years ago. Very nice but I would not pay double for it.
However I have no wish to try the same facilities in a train when there are alternatives. A plane does not have stops with people entering and leaving.
The NZ Labour Government is upgrading our Railways. There is now new rolling stock on all 3 long distance trains (I am yet to try them) and the frequency was to be increased pre-Covid.
Napier? is in the North Island. Perhaps you mean Picton/Blenheim
Sadly the train journey is very slow from Oamaru south to Dunedin. I recently took 3 hours each way to Oamaru on an excursion train (very scenic). I could drive it in an hour and a quarter. The coach (which I often took on my way to Sydney pre-Covid) takes 5 hours to Christchurch with a half hour refreshment stop at Timaru.
Thanks for those comments, yes Picton.
BC on planes cost alot for a reason and to replicate it on a govt subsidised train is not really in the best interest of the taxpayer. If very heavily subsidized sleepers are the only way to get people to use rail then perhaps rail shouldn't exist. I think it would be fair to say that EC should be subsidised but sleepers should not or certainly not more per seat than EC.
EC on planes is tight and as someone very tall, on trains I think its reasonable to accept no less than 34-35" pitch equivalent although many train seats are more. The RTT EC seats of old, not sure since refurb are in my view not acceptable for a 6h trip from Gladstone which I did frequency. One row of seats needed to be removed and the seats made at least long haul aircraft standard.
However for the longer haul trains in Qld like CTT and western trains, all running through the night, the CTT style seating for both classes should be fine. As CTT BC is 2+1 seating I do struggle to see how this is suited to either single or travelling couple/family. Yes I've used the QR single berth a few times.
On a 24 h trip Brisbane to SOTO or Cairns, people eat the same amount as 24h Sydney to London so there should be no differences there. However unlike planes, a buffet car does make thing somewhat more flexible.
Not sure how the station stops affects things too much. Many of the stops are only lightly used.
Good news on the new rolling stock.