Flying-V Aircraft Concept, The New Face of Future Flight – The Dutch airline KLM together with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has agreed to develop the latest aircraft concept known as Flying-V. The conceptual design of Flying-V incorporates a new approach in aircraft design in an effort to support sustainable long-haul flights in the future. The main objective of this collaboration is to create emission-free aircraft.

The two companies have signed a new cooperation agreement to work together to make flights more sustainable. The agreement was signed at the IATA Annual General Meeting in Seoul by KLM president and CEO Pieter Elbers and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) Dean of Aerospace Engineering professor, Henri Werij.

Flying-V Aircraft Concept

The idea for a sustainable Flying-V aircraft that accommodates passengers, cargo and fuel tanks began with Justus Benad, who was a student at the Technical University of Berlin at the time. The Dutch aviation sector is trying to reduce CO2 emissions by 35% by the end of 2030. This aircraft is still in its initial stages and is unlikely to operate before 2040.

The Flying-V concept features a V-shaped aircraft that has been designed to integrate passenger cabins, cargo and fuel tanks on the wing. So that the weight of the aircraft becomes lighter by maximizing space utilization. With a new aerodynamic structure and lighter weight, the Flying-V aircraft is claimed to consume 20% less fuel than the Airbus A350 XWB with a similar passenger loading capacity of 314 passengers and the same cargo volume of 160 m³.

Flying-V aircraft will be powered by two fuel-efficient turbofan engines. The concept of energy efficient aircraft is the most important thing that will be developed by the two companies. The Flying-V model is currently planned to use kerosene, but the company will continue to develop other forms of engine. It can also be adapted to use electric turbofans in the future.

The company intends to showcase full-scale flying and mockup models of the Flying-V interior at the KLM Experience Days at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport this October. The flying scale model will be built with a wing span of 3.06 meters. This model will be flown later this year to measure its stability when flying at low speeds and to calculate the right angle for take-off and landing.

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