With the looming threat of climate change, companies are fighting hard to find better solutions to reduce their carbon footprint.
One of those has made it into the spotlight within the air sector and with good reasons – they are fighting to combat fuel emissions.
This my friends is where the Flying-V Plane comes in. Based on the Gibson guitar with the same name, it is reported to burn 20% less fuel than the most efficient plane. The good news is that a prototype is set to launch later this year, so the wait is almost over.
Designed by researchers at Delft University in the Netherlands, the project is financially backed by KLM and if all goes well, we could soon be seeing these unique planes gracing our skies in the following years to come.
The wingspan is the same as that of a regular aircraft, but in this instance, the passengers will sit where the wings are, meaning it can carry up to 314 people in what was usually empty space. This is where the fuel efficiency lies.
Pieter Elbers, the KLM chief executive has stated that by drastically reducing the carbon footprint of air travel and of course fuel costs. The project potentially pioneers in the sector of “sustainable aviation initiatives”.
Now the inside of the aircraft is another story altogether, with details being rather scarce at this point. Peter Vink, professor of Applied Ergonomics and Design at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering who is involved in the project has given a little insight into what we could expect.
“The new shape of the aircraft means we have exciting opportunities to design the interior, making flying more comfortable for passengers,” he said.
“For instance, as part of the Flying-V research, we’re looking into new options to having a rest or taking meals on a plane. Offering food from a buffet is one of the options we’re sinking our teeth into.”
The scale model of the Flying-V is set to be tested in October 2019 with researchers hoping to maintain stability and reliability while being flown at lower speeds and if all goes well, more tests will be carried out.
This could lead to the introduction of a new type of aircraft for commercial airlines, giving our skies a cleaner, more sustainable passage of flight.
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