The plane concept of the “Flying V” (“Flying-V”) receives support from the aviation industry. The Dutch airline KLM is involved in the development of the new type of aircraft, by the Technical University of Delft.

The goal is a significantly more economical long-haul aircraft than existing aircraft on inter-continental routes.

The trick: In the “Flying V” be accommodated in the passenger cabin, the cargo space and the fuel tanks in the wings. The result is a v-shaped aircraft with improved aerodynamics and reduced Size and weight.

On a normal airport usable

KLM writes To the state of the art Airbus A350, the new plane will burn 20 percent less fuel, in a message. And this, in a similar capacity of 314 passengers and 160 cubic metres of load space in the standard version.

With a wingspan of 65 metres would be able to use the “Flying V” in addition, the current airport infrastructure.

First of all, the plane should fly with conventional kerosene. However, according to KLM, the aircraft may be changed in the future easily to electric engines, if this market.

The air travel industry be today for 2.5 per cent of global greenhouse emissions responsible, as Project Manager Roelof Vos of the Delft University of technology compared to the TV channel CNN. “And the industry continues to grow, which is why we urgently need more sustainable aircraft.”

introduction between 2040 and 2050

A model plane of the “Flying V” in October, for 100. Birthday of KLM are presented. For this occasion, a 1:1 model of a cabin section to be finished. KLM promises by the Form of a completely new flying experience for passengers, where the entire interior should be as easy as possible, so that the weight reduction of the design maximum will apply.

to market, but it is still a long way to go. According to Vos, the aircraft may be taken between 2040 and 2050. First of all, many Tests on the Design were necessary. “We have made calculations and first Tests in the wind tunnel, but we still need much more data from the wind tunnel, in order to show that this aircraft is actually as efficient as we think we do.”

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