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A new aircraft: Flying-V

The aerodynamic shaped Flying-V is an energy-efficient and sustainable aircraft of the future. Its short history starts 1½ years ago. The Dutch Technical University Delft and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announce they are going to work on Flying-V. After extensive wind tunnel and ground tests a scale model is ready to fly. Therefore, a team of researchers, engineers and a drone pilot from TU Delft travel to an airbase in Germany. The first successful test flight is now a fact. Click here for a video of the flight.

Aerodynamic shaped Flying-V

KLM baas Pieter Elbers

Pieter Elbers

Pieter Elbers, KLM’s president and CEO, says: "We were very curious about the flight characteristics of the Flying-V. The design fits within our Fly Responsibly initiative, which stands for everything we are doing to improve sustainability. For we want a sustainable future for aviation, and innovation is part of that. We have been among the top-3 most sustainable airlines worldwide in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for many years. And we want to continue to do so in the future."

Reducing fuel consumption

Flying-V

Flying-V

The design of the aircraft integrates the passenger cabin, cargo hold and fuel tanks in the wings, creating a spectacular V-shape. Calculations suggest that the improved aerodynamic shape and reduced weight of the aircraft will reduce fuel consumption by 20% compared to today's most advanced aircraft.

Co-operation is needed

KLM presents the scale model on its 100th anniversary in October 2019. Several partners are now involved in the project, including aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Elbers emphasizes that “you can't make the aviation sector more sustainable on your own. Rather, you need to do it together." Collaborating with partners and sharing knowledge takes us all further. That's why we will further develop the Flying-V concept with all partners. The next step will be to fly the Flying-V on sustainable fuel."

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Tags: sustainable aviation, test flight, aerodynamic shape Flying-V

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