Imagine a world where a plane could use 20 percent less fuel. KLM is already in the process of trying to make it happen. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines recently announced that it would be providing funding to an ambitious project called Flying-V. This project is an attempt to create a long-distance aircraft that is highly efficient. You may actually be seeing V-shaped aircraft darting around in the sky above you in just a few years if this project takes off.
The passenger cabin, cargo hold and fuel tank of the Flying-V aircraft are all integrated into the wings of the aircraft. This is unlike anything the world of commercial aircraft has seen before. However, the cutting-edge shape of the aircraft isn't being developed purely to be different. It turns out that making wing space functional via a V-shaped body actually helps to reduce the weight of the aircraft and reduce fuel usage by 20 percent.
You may notice that there is one thing that's familiar about the Flying-V aircraft when it makes it to the sky one day. The aircraft's wingspan will be 213 feet. That's the same as the current wingspan of the Airbus A350 aircraft. In addition, we know that the new aircraft will likely seat about 314 passengers. That's in the same ballpark as what the A350 currently holds.
The world will find out what the Flying-V aircraft is really made of this fall. A prototype of the Flying-V is set to be flown at low speeds during KLM Experience Days at Schiphol Airport in October.