10 JUNE 2019
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KLM and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) are partnering on a new vision, aimed at making aviation more sustainable.
The revived Fokker engineering and aircraft support company could supply technical experience.
KLM president and CEO Pieter Elbers and Professor Henri Werij, dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the university, unveiled the concept at the IATA Annual General Meeting in Seoul.
KLM will be contributing towards TU Delft’s research into an innovative flight concept known as the ‘Flying-V’, which the company says “embraces an entirely different approach to aircraft design”, with the aim of enabling sustainable long-distance flight in the future.
A flying scale model and a full-size section of the interior will be presented at the KLM Experience Days at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in October for the 100th anniversary celebrations of the world’s oldest airline.
The 'Flying-V' was originally conceptualised as a potential aircraft design for the future but can be compared to today’s Airbus A350. Although the aircraft is not as long as the A350, it has the same wingspan and would fit into a standard airport apron box.
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