KLM and TU Delft collaborate to create a unique V-shaped aircraft to save fuel

Dutch Design Week shows off the progress on the Flying-V: a new, unique aircraft that will use 20% less fuel than usual. The Flying-V is a collaboration between KLM and TU Delft. 

New aircraft? Yes, please! This new FlyingV aircraft is not your conventional aircraft, but a V-shaped aircraft. The purpose of this new design that is being worked on by KLM and TU Delft is that it will use 20% less fuel than a regular aircraft. This aircraft can still hold as many passengers and luggage than an Airbus A350, despite the new shape, says TU Delft.

This innovative idea originally was from a TU Berlin student called Justus Benad, who came up with this idea for this thesis, TU Delft states on their website. This new aircraft will have a different shape, but the same wingspan, making it possible to be used on current runways. With more flights departing, but more pressure to reduce CO2 emissions, this new aircraft will help with reducing these harmful emissions.

V-shaped aircraft: An aircraft for the near future

According to TU Delft, in October of this year, a flying prototype will be presented by researchers and this will be used to test the new aircraft. If all goes well it opens up more ways of making the flight experience better for passengers, as this new shape means that the whole interior can be redesigned. According to TU Delft, Peter Vink (Professor of Applied Ergonomics and Design), who is working on this research said that “part of the Flying-V research [involves] looking into new options to having a rest or taking meals on a plane. Offering food from a buffet is one of the options we’re sinking our teeth in.” Buffet anyone?

Participants check out the seating on the new Flying V at Dutch Design Week. Image: Abuzer van Leeuwen/Supplied. 

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Feature image: Abuzer van Leeuwen/Supplied. 

Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.

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