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Can We Expect to See Another Double-deck Aircraft in the Future?



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The double-deck aircraft design is a prominent feature of both the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380, allowing airlines to accommodate premium passengers with maximum comfort or pack in as many as 500 (theoretically up to 800) passengers across two levels. Despite this, neither manufacturer is currently producing super jumbos. Recently, Boeing delivered the final 747, which was a cargo aircraft, effectively bringing an end to the double-deck production era. This begs the question: can we expect to see similar aircraft in the future? Let’s delve into this topic.

The Evolution of Double-Deck Passenger Aircraft

The distinction between cargo and passenger decks on an aircraft is important to clarify before delving into the history of double-deck passenger aircraft. While all aircraft have a deck for cargo beneath the passenger deck, we are specifically discussing aircraft with two passenger decks in addition to the cargo deck.

In the 1970s, as air travel grew in popularity, the demand for larger aircraft to transport more passengers across longer distances also increased. This led to airports becoming congested and limited in their take-off and landing slots, which were sometimes auctioned off for millions of dollars. In response, airlines sought out larger aircraft that could carry more passengers and travel farther distances.


Boeing answered this demand with the introduction of the 747 in 1970, featuring an upper deck that was initially a by-product of its original design. Decades later, Airbus entered the market with the Airbus A380, boasting even greater passenger capacity. These double-deck aircraft provided airlines with the ability to accommodate more passengers, offer greater comfort for premium passengers, and improve overall efficiency.

Tale of the Two Iconic Double-Deck Passenger Aircraft

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The Boeing 747, famously known as the “Queen of the Skies,” revolutionized air travel by enabling airlines to offer non-stop trans-oceanic flights and connect people across vast distances. Its development cemented Boeing’s position as a top industry leader in commercial aviation. The airplane’s iconic features, such as the upper deck seating and signature hump, captivated passengers and operators for generations. Over the years, Boeing has continued to refine the original design, introducing newer models like the 747-400 in 1988 and the final 747-8 model in 2005, all of which offered unparalleled operating economics and efficiency for both travel and air cargo markets.

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At the time of its arrival, the Airbus A380 faced a significant challenge as it entered the market of outdated four-engine double-decker aircraft that couldn’t compete with the superior efficiency of smaller two-engine widebodies such as the Boeing 787s, and the Airbus A330s and A350s. Although the A380 quickly became a globally recognized symbol, being adopted by several airlines worldwide, particularly Emirates, it failed to achieve the same success as Boeing’s 747 family. Airbus delivered only slightly over 250 A380s, which pales in comparison to the once-anticipated 1,000 or more. In contrast, Boeing delivered more than 1,500 Queens of the Skies.

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But what is the problem with the second deck?

Aircraft with a second level have a design issue as they tend to add significant weight and offer less floor space than their lower-deck counterparts. As fuel costs represent a considerable portion of an airline’s operating expenses, swapping such aircraft with lighter models could result in substantial cost savings. The smaller size of the upper deck usually means that fewer passengers can be accommodated, resulting in lower revenue for airlines. Therefore, airlines that operate aircraft with a second level may only experience a marginal revenue boost in comparison to those that operate larger single-deck aircraft.

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The upper deck of an aircraft is not well-suited for cargo operations, which explains why the cargo version of the Airbus A380 was not successful. It also accounts for why the initial designs of the Boeing 747 freighter did not include an extended upper deck like their passenger counterparts.

The upper deck of an aircraft is not optimized for transporting cargo, which is why the cargo variant of the Airbus A380 failed to gain traction. Similarly, the original designs of the Boeing 747 freighter did not feature an elongated upper deck like their passenger counterparts, due to this limitation.

Are we going to see another double-deck aircraft?

The Airbus A380 has been retired, and the Boeing 747 is now mostly favored by cargo operators. In summary, there is no practical need to incorporate a second deck in aircraft design when a lighter single deck option can efficiently fulfill the job requirements.


Although airlines still struggle to secure landing slots, it has become apparent that double-decker aircraft are suitable for only a handful of crucial routes. Even Emirates, a staunch advocate of the A380, is planning to transition to single-deck aircraft in the future. Considering the current market conditions, it is highly improbable that any manufacturer would be willing to invest the substantial resources (including billions of dollars) required to bring such an aircraft to the market.

What about a double-decker aircraft with two engines?

What if there was a double-decker aircraft that featured just two engines? That sounds appealing, doesn’t it? Airbus seemed to think so too. In 2013, six years after the first A380 was introduced, the European aircraft manufacturer applied for a patent for a double-decker aircraft with two engines.

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Despite the intriguing concept, no company has progressed beyond the theoretical stage in developing a double-decker, two-engine widebody aircraft. Such a project would undoubtedly take several decades to complete and come with staggering costs that could easily amount to billions of dollars (as with the A380, and even smaller widebody aircraft like the Boeing 777X). While the idea of a double-decker, two-engine aircraft may capture our imagination, it is highly improbable that it will ever come to fruition. Meanwhile, the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A380 will continue to soar across the globe for many years to come, providing a majestic double-decker experience.


Youssef is the president and founder of Aviation for Aviators; in addition to his role as Chief-in-Editor of the platform's website, Youssef is currently pursuing an engineering degree at Nile University in Egypt. With his unique blend of passion, expertise, and entrepreneurial spirit, Youssef is passionate about combining these traits with aviation to provide a unique resource for aviation enthusiasts and professionals alike.


Are you dreaming of becoming a pilot? Aer Lingus & British Airways Cadet Program Paves the Way to a Flying Career



Embarking on an aviation career has always been a dream for countless individuals who are passionate about flying. The Aer Lingus Cadet and British Airways Cadet Program are remarkable opportunity that transforms these dreams into reality, offering aspiring pilots a structured and comprehensive pathway to becoming esteemed aviation professionals.

This article dives into the details of the Aer Lingus and BA Cadet Programs, highlighting its distinctive features, benefits, and the exciting journey it offers those who aspire to navigate the vast expanse of the sky.

Aer Lingus Cadet Program

The first and most important thing: Hurry up! The deadline approaches: you can send your application till the 16/08/2023 by 17:00 GMT.


The cadet program offers intense and structured training (around 14 months) that covers all aspects of piloting. From theoretical classroom instruction to hands-on flight experience, cadets undergo a thorough training regimen that prepares them for the challenges of the aviation industry. The training is held at the famous FTE Jerez, in southern Spain. Successful candidates will be offered a Type Rating (which lasts about 12 weeks) on the most used plane in Europe: Airbus A320, and the base will be obviously Dublin.

The minimum and educational criteria are listed in the offer. There is also a comprehensive Q&A that answers the most asked question and a friendly welcome video about the airline’s new livery. According to the cadet website, the ideal cadet “will need to possess excellent communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills, as well as an appreciation of the service our customers expect.” The course is totally bonded from the airline, which means there will be a bond to cover the cost of the training and other associated costs, and for a period after the cadet commences as a First Officer.

BA Cadet Program: The Speedbird Pilot Academy

Unlikely the Aer Lingus one, for this cadet program, you do not need to be in a rush since the applications are currently still closed and will open in September 2023. It’s anyway worth having a look at the conditions and requirements; as September approaches, British is setting the maximum number of cadets: 60. If you wanna be part of the lucky (and skilled) “60”, have a look at the minimum requirements and don’t miss the deadline application. The strictest requirement of British Airways is the language: the airline is asking the candidate to obtain an ICAO 6 in the English language.

The ICAO Aviation Language certificate can be obtained directly with the CAA or through a recognized and authorized language school. The ICAO 6 certificate is particularly useful since it has no expiration date (unlikely ICAO4 and 5, which last respectively 4 and 5 years).


The training with BA will last about 18 months, and exactly as for the Aer Lingus Cadet Program, it’s fully funded by the airline. For more questions, on the 22nd of August, BA will be running a live Q&A session between 12 and 13 (UK Time). More info and the link to join the call are here: Come and Meet us (

Are you dreaming of becoming a pilot, but you never had a chance due to economic problems or lack of motivation? Well, this is your chance! Apply and give your best to realize your dream!

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Flag Carriers as a Symbol of Honor: Between Past and Present



Most of the world’s countries have their flag carriers for financial and national duties. A flag carrier is considered an international representative of a country as it stands as a symbol of pride. Therefore, some passengers are keen to ride the flag carrier of their countries as it reflects their identity. However, what is the history of flag carriers?

History of Flag Carriers:

The term “flag carrier” emerged when countries established state-owned airline companies. However, because of the high cost of running such companies, the governments took the initiative to support these companies financially. At this time, there were many airline companies entirely owned by governments. However, a flag carrier can be subsidized or owned by the country, and it has preferential rights or privileges by the government for international operations. In the innovation industry, flag carriers have both financial and symbolic importance. Thus, most countries of the world have their flag carriers.

Countries have Flag Carriers:

British Airways

Most countries have their flag carriers representing their identity and nationalism worldwide. Examples of these flag carriers are:

  • Air France
  • Egyptair
  • Oman Air
  • Qatar Airways

However, nowadays, it is not conditionally an airline owned or subsidized by a country. The literal meaning of a flag carrier is an airline carrying its country’s flag worldwide. Now, it can be an airline the country supports to be its flag carrier. For example, the British Kingdom does not own British Airways, but it carries the British flag all over the world. The people recognize it as the British flag carrier. However, some countries do not have a flag carrier but have two, like the United Arab Emirates, but why?

The UAE Has Two Flag Carriers:

If a flag carrier is a symbol of identity and pride, does having two change the equation? The answer to this question is that it does not change the equation this much, but it is more like meeting the country’s needs. Having a two-flag carrier is normal for a country, such as the UAE, in this geopolitical situation. The two Flag carriers are Emirates, the first flag carrier based in Dubai, and Etihad Airways, the second flag carrier based in Abu Dhabi. The royal family established both airlines. Though the UAE has two flag carriers, some of the countries do not have any, such as the US, but why?

The US has no Flag Carrier:

It is true that now the United States of America has no flag carrier, but this has not been the case in the past. In the past, the US had Pan Am, the unofficial US flag carrier in the 20th century. However, running an airline costs a lot. Pan Am could not stand the market and went bankrupt in 1991. Since then, the US has not had a flag carrier, though it has major international airlines, such as American Airlines. Regardless of the current situation of the flag carriers, what are the expectations for their future?

The Future of Flag Carriers:

As we live in the era of technology, predicting the future of something is not a wise move. However, the competition in the aviation market is so fierce, and running an airline company is not a joke. Seeking honor and pride in running an airline is great. However, the competition in the market knows nothing about honor and pride. Maybe, some of the flag carriers will prosper, and some of them will vanish. This thing only time can tell.

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Flying Cars: The Future of Transportation?



Flying cars have been a dream of science fiction writers for decades, but they are now becoming a reality. Many companies are working on developing these cars, and some of them are already making significant progress.

What are flying cars?

Flying cars are vehicles that can take off and land vertically, like a helicopter. They are also capable of flying horizontally, like an airplane. This makes them a versatile form of transportation that can be used for both personal and commercial purposes.

There are two main types of these cars: eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles) and tilt rotors. eVTOLs use electric motors to power their rotors, while tilt rotors use a combination of electric motors and propellers.


The different types of flying cars

There are many different types of flying cars being developed, each with its own unique features and capabilities. Here are a few examples:

PAL-V Liberty: The PAL-V Liberty is a tilt-rotor that is currently in development. It has a top speed of 160 mph and a range of 100 miles.

AeroMobil 3.0: AeroMobil 3.0 is another tilt rotor that is currently in development. It has a top speed of 200 mph and a range of 435 miles.

eVTOL Volocopter: The eVTOL Volocopter is an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) that is currently in development. It has a top speed of 62 mph and a range of 22 miles.


SkyDrive SD-03: The SkyDrive SD-03 is an eVTOL that is currently in development. It has a top speed of 50 mph and a range of 62 miles.

The challenges of the developing

There are a number of challenges that need to be overcome before these cars become mainstream. One challenge is safety. Flying cars need to be extremely safe in order to be approved for public use. Another challenge is regulation. Governments must develop new regulations for flying cars before they can be flown in our airspace.

The Potential Impact

If successful, flying cars could revolutionize commuting, travel, and logistics by making those activities faster, easier, and more flexible. Their future impact depends on overcoming hurdles related to safety, cost, and regulations. With progress in those areas, flying cars could become commonplace in the next few decades, fundamentally changing transportation.

The Future of Flying Cars

The transition to flying vehicles holds great potential for improving mobility. While still a developing technology, continued progress by companies working on these cars indicates they may ultimately transform how we move about and deliver goods.


“Flying cars are the future of transportation. They’re faster, more convenient, and more environmentally friendly than cars or airplanes.” – Elon Musk

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