Could this be the plane of the future? (Provider: KLM)

The Dutch airline KLM has agreed to fund the development of a futuristic plane called the ‘Flying V’ named after a guitar popular with heavy metal bands.

It’s joined forces with Delft University of Technology to work on an incredible new flying machine that ’embraces an entirely different approach to aircraft design’.

The Flying-V incorporates the passenger cabin, cargo hold and fuel tanks in the wings.

Engineers claimed its aerodynamic shape will allow it to use 20% less fuel than conventional aircraft.

Although the Flying-V is only an experimental design at this stage, a full-size section of its interior will be on display at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in October to mark KLM’s 100th anniversary.

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The Flying-V is being worked on by KLM and Delft Technical University (Image: KLM)

Pieter Elbers, KLM president & CEO, said: ‘In recent years, KLM has developed as a pioneer in sustainability within the airline industry.

‘The development of aviation has given the world a great deal, offering us an opportunity to connect people.

‘This privilege is paired with a huge responsibility for our planet. KLM takes this very seriously and has therefore been investing in sustainability at different levels for many years, enabling it to develop a broad spectrum of sustainability initiatives.

‘We are proud of our progressive cooperative relationship with TU Delft, which ties in well with KLM’s strategy and serves as an important milestone for us on the road to scaling-up sustainable aviation.’


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