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27th Nov 2012 12:29pm | By Editor
Three-storey planes, capable of carrying 800 people, are being considered by airlines.
Emirates Airline is the very same company, of course, that already operates the most amount of A380 double-decker superjumbos. Some of which have private bedrooms and showers on board.
The Dubai-based airline recently signed a deal with Aussie brand Qantas to use the UAE as a stopover point instead of Singapore. These flights will transport millions of European and Australian travellers between nations.
If plans go ahead for triple-decker planes they will be able to hold another 283 passengers, explained Adel Al Redha, the executive vice president of engineering and operations of Emirates Airlines.
"I think there is no doubt about it; there will be more demand for higher-capacity aircraft, purely driven by the capacity and congestion you have at airports and airspace," he explained to Arabian Business.
“It is always difficult to get slots in any international airport today… The only way to fill your need is to operate that kind of aircraft,” continued Redha.
“I think the size we would look at right now is the treble aircraft configuration that goes from 500 to 800 passengers.”
While airlines have high-hopes for an even bigger aircraft, it’s unlikely that they’ll be operational in the next decade.
Emirates is the world’s leading in terms of international km travelled – it has carried an estimated 18.5 m passengers since April 2012.