And it took a Fark Photoshop Contest for me to be sure of it…
Airbus is planning to install “shops, a casino, and rooms with double beds” on the new A380. Here’s a few problems…
#1. Look at all that crap left out in the store. Remember those pesky FAA regulations that say things have to be stowed away at take off and landing? Imagine having to stock/unstock the store on every takeoff & landing. How about the idea that people that will normally buy your crap at 38,000 feet might not even be on your plane since a good chunk of them can now buy share time on a Gulfstream-V?
#2. How big is this “shop”? 30 feet x 30 feet? Hell, you could squeeze another 30 pax in there and have only a marginal increase in fuel costs. What do you think the airlines are going to do? Sell trinkets to first class passengers with a small total profit or cram 30 more seats in that space and make an extra $15,000 per flight.
I know I should just let them goin and fail. But when you see the hype for “oh look at all the space, this is the future of flight…” you know that most airlines (except for Richard Branson) are going “Screw the gift shop, I can cram another 30 pax in that spot and make my yearly bonus” and will be done with it.

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