Business Insider posted an interesting article questioning whether the demise of the jumbo jet, i.e., the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380, was coming in the not too distant future. Airways magazine ran a similar article in its April 2015 issue. Such speculation comes in the aftermath of a 2014 that resulted in no new orders for either double-decker plane.
As a commercial aviation geek that has not yet had the opportunity to fly on either of these iconic planes, this is a disheartening possibility. The 747, though now only the second largest jumbo behind the A380, is the legendary "Queen of the Skies," and some of the most opulent first class cabins can be found on A380s.
Of course, commercial airlines are businesses that must make fleet decisions on business reality and economics, not emotion and fandom. While Business Insider is not the foremost journalistic entity, it raises some valid questions as to the sustainability of these two aircraft programs. While neither plane will disappear from commercial airline fleets in the immediate future, aviation geeks can't discount a future that may be limited to twin-engine, single-decker aircraft.