"Flying V": photos of the design of the incredible V-shaped airplane have appeared

By TravelWiseNov 26, 2023 16:51 PMNews
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What the "Flying V" looks like
What the ''Flying V'' looks like. Source: tudelft.nl

The design of an incredible V-shaped passenger plane has been showcased online, and its futuristic shape could potentially make travel more affordable for vacationers. This groundbreaking concept was developed through collaboration between KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and is expected to be introduced by 2041.

The new airplane design marks a fundamental departure from what we are accustomed to. Traditional airplanes rely on large wings for lift, with the main body of the aircraft acting as dead weight. The Flying-V integrates the passenger cabin, cargo compartment, and fuel tanks into a single space — the wings, as reported by The Sun.

"Flying V": photos of the design of the incredible V-shaped airplane have appeared
''Flying V'': photos of the design of the incredible V-shaped airplane have appeared. Source: tudelft.nl

In the mixed-wing design, the entire airframe provides lift, which means smaller and lighter aircraft with lower fuel consumption.

But despite its small frame, the Flying-V can seat about 314 passengers and carry as much cargo as its Airbus A350 counterpart. It also has the same wingspan as the industry-leading A350 but is more energy efficient.

Passengers in the future will enjoy an economy class with four different seating options incorporated into the design.

"Flying V": photos of the design of the incredible V-shaped airplane have appeared
''Flying V'': photos of the design of the incredible V-shaped airplane have appeared. Source: tudelft.nl

The plane is far from ready to take off, but researchers hope to have a prototype ready by 2041. The real cost of traveling on such an aviation miracle is also not determined until the project is ready for operation.

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