KLM has signed a cooperative agreement with the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) to work together on making aviation more sustainable. KLM will be contributing towards TU Delft’s research into a concept aircraft named the ‘Flying-V’, which rethinks aircraft design to make ultra long-distance flight more sustainable in the future.
The aircraft’s V-shaped design will integrate the passenger cabin, the cargo hold and the fuel tanks in the wings. The aerodynamic shape and reduced weight would mean it uses 20% less fuel than the Airbus A350. A flying scale model and a full-size section of the interior of the Flying-V will be presented at the KLM Experience Days at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in October on the occasion of KLM’s 100th anniversary.