Of course, Airbus has merely patented the design, which doesn't mean that it will actually take off any time soon. A spokesperson for the company told the Telegraph, "[The patent] does not mean they are necessarily going to be adopted into an aircraft design. This preserves the innovation and idea.”
At this point, they might as well build planes like subway cars and have us stand the whole time. Oh wait.
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