Via ACMM at Inside Flyer, Airbus has filed a patent for a new configuration of double decker seating on a single deck of an aircraft.
The Airbus patent filed October 1 explains that “it is very important from an economic point of view to make optimum use of the available space in a passenger cabin” — so they have thought through a way to stack passengers on top of each other.
It’s important to understand that:
- There is no real plane that has this.
- Most ideas don’t ever get manufactured.
- No airline has ordered this.
- It isn’t certified for safety by any country.
In other words, do not worry about it. If it were to ever come to pass it would be in an aircraft unlike anything operating today. They’re not going to outfit an Airbus A319 with it.
Really this idea isn’t new at all. At a minimum, it dates to 1999, so I’m not even sure it ought to be patentable.