In 1950, Popular Mechanics printed an article forecasting what everyday life would be like in AD 2000, including such luxuries as commercial mass air transit. "Passenger travel by rail is a mere trickle (in 2000). Even commuters go to a city, a hundred miles away, in huge aerial busses that hold 200 passengers".
Airbus, the European commercial airline manufacturer which produces approximately half of airplanes today, was founded in 1970.
Waldemar Kaempffert, "Miracles You’ll See In The Next Fifty Years", Popular Mechanics. Feb 1950.