7 SEPTEMBER 2020
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The scale model of the Flying-V – the energy-efficient aircraft of the future – has flown for the first time.
In June 2019 TU Delft and KLM announced the start of the design of the Flying-V and after extensive wind tunnel tests and ground tests it was finally ready. See BTN 10 June 2019
Last month a team of researchers, engineers and a drone pilot from TU Delft travelled to an airbase in Germany for the first test flight.
"We were very curious about the flight characteristics of the Flying-V. The design fits within our Fly Responsibly initiative, which stands for everything we are doing and will do to improve our sustainability. We want a sustainable future for aviation and innovation is part of that. KLM has been among the top three most sustainable airlines worldwide in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for many years. We want to continue to do so in the future. We are therefore very proud that we have been able to achieve this together in such a short period of time," says Pieter Elbers, President and CEO of KLM.
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