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Some Cramped News about the Superjumbo A380

Anyone who has followed the saga of the double-decker, extremely large Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft has heard that it will hold 550 passengers, an unfathomable number, frankly. Well, the New York Times reports that few if any A380s will hold 550 passengers. No, the A380 will likely hold more than 700 passengers in a normal configuration. And, get this, in an all-coach configuration the aircraft will hold 880 people. Imagine being stuck on a plane with 879 other sweaty, stinky, bathroom-going folks. After the initial novelty of the plane wears off, it will be very interesting to see if there is a passenger backlash against it. Of course there won’t be, as most people don’t care and have no idea what plane they’re flying on, but you and I will care. And that’s all that matters.

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