KLM to help fund Flying-V plane, where passengers fly in the wings
The development of a V-shaped, fuel-efficient airplane design known as the Flying-V is getting a boost with the announcement that Dutch national carrier KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will help to fund it.
Its futuristic design integrates the passenger cabin, fuel tanks and cargo hold into the wings.
The aerodynamic design and weight reduction will reduce kerosene consumption by 20% vs Airbus A350-900 while carrying same number of passengers — the Flying-V will seat 314, while the Airbus A350 seats between 300 and 350. The design also mirrors the A350’s 65-meter (213 feet) wingspan, enabling it to use existing airport infrastructure.
This aircraft is expected to enter in service between 2040 and 2050.