The Dutch airline KLM is funding the development of a V-shaped
aeroplane designed to seat passengers in its wings to make it more
Its futuristic shape will make the "Flying V"
lighter and more aerodynamic, KLM said. Its designers say it will need
20 percent less fuel than an Airbus A350, today's most advanced
A prototype version of the plane could be ready very
soon, researchers said. But a real-world version of the plane would be
unlikely to enter service until at least 2040,according to CNN.
idea for a sustainable aircraft that holds passengers, cargo, and fuel
tanks in its wings started with Justus Benad, who was a student at
Berlin's Technical University at the time.
It was further developed by the Delft Technical University in the Netherlands, which is now cooperating with KLM.
Like the advanced Airbus A350, the Flying V will be able to carry 314 passengers and 160 square meters, or 1,722.23 square feet, of cargo, KLM said. It will also have the same wingspan, meaning it can fit the same gates, runways, and hangars.
But the V-shaped plane will be able to travel long-distance flights more sustainably, according to the company.
Flying-V is smaller than the A350 and has less inflow surface area
compared to the available amount of volume," Roelof Vos, the project
leader at TU Delft, said in a statement.
"The result is less resistance. That means the Flying-V needs less fuel for the same distance."
plane also uses the most fuel-efficient turbofan engines that exist,
according to KLM. While the current model still uses kerosene, it can be
adapted to use electric turbofans in the future.
The Flying V would help make the Dutch aviation sector meet its sustainability goals, Vos said.
passengers fly further distances and more often, the sector wants to
decrease aviation carbon IV oxide emission by 35 percent by the end of
"Our ultimate aim is one of emission-free flight," Vos said.
Researchers hope to present their first flying prototype in October, according to TU Delft. The plane will fly at low speeds to test whether the model will remain stable.