A scale model of the Flying-V, an energy-efficient aircraft that TU Delft and KLM have been developing since last year, has successfully completed its first test flight.
"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 and will do to improve our sustainability. We want a sustainable future for aviation and innovation is part of that." said Pieter Elbers, President and CEO of KLM.
The Flying-V is designed to be a highly energy-efficient long-haul aircraft that integrates the passenger cabin, cargo hold and fuel tanks in the wings.
Computer calculations have predicted that the improved aerodynamic shape and reduced weight of the aircraft will reduce fuel consumption by 20% compared to today's most advanced aircraft.
Several partners are now involved in the project, including manufacturer Airbus. "You can't make the aviation sector more sustainable on your own, but you have to do it together," added Elbers. "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."