We might soon be able to travel in a V-shaped aircraft
- The new V-shaped aircraft's shaped has been inspired by the Gibson Flying V guitar
- The aircraft is said to use 20 percent less fuel than other planes
- Prototype to be released on KLM's 200th anniversary
- It is still in its planning stages, and is not expected to be seen until 2040
We will soon see a revolutionary new aiplane shape grace the skies thanks to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. It has agreed to fund the development of V-shaped airplane aimed at improving the sustainability of air travel.
The V shaped aircraft is said to use 20 percent less fuel than the Airbus A350-900 and carry a similar amount of passengers. The new aircraft will seat around 314 passengers, where in comparison, Airbus A350 seats between 300-350 passengers.
The V shaped aircraft was originally designed by a student from the Technology University of Berlin, Justus Benad, and the concept was further developed by researchers at the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
The aircraft will have the same wingspan as the A350, with two turbofan engines on top of its wings, aimed at helping keep fuel costs down. It is said to fly on kerosene, however, developers of the plane intend to make use of the latest innovations in the propulsion system. However, the interior of the plane is yet to be revealed.
The airline is set to unveil the prototype this autumn, on KLM’s 100th anniversary. However, it will not enter its fleet until 2040.