Last month a team of researchers, engineers and a drone pilot from TU Delft travelled to an airbase in Germany for the first test flight.
Pieter Elbers, president and CEO of KLM said: "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. KLM has been among the top three most sustainable airlines worldwide in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for many years. We want to continue to do so in the future. We are therefore very proud that we have been able to achieve this together in such a short period of time."
The Flying-V is a design for a very energy-efficient long-haul aircraft. The design of the aircraft integrates the passenger cabin, cargo hold and fuel tanks in the wings, creating a spectacular V-shape. 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.
KLM presented the scale model for the first time during its 100th anniversary in October 2019. Several partners are now involved in the project, including manufacturer Airbus.
Mr Elbers added: "You can't make the aviation sector more sustainable on your own, but you have 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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