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    ATW Online; Monday 03 June 2019
    KLM partners with Delft University on Flying-V concept aircraft

    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has teamed up with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) to work on a wide-fuselage long-haul concept aircraft, known as the Flying-V, which would carry 314 passengers.

    KLM president & CEO Pieter Elbers and TU Delft aerospace-engineering faculty dean Henri Werij signed a cooperation agreement on the sidelines of the IATA AGM in Seoul.

    The v-shape design long-haul aircraft would be powered by two rear-mounted turbofan engines, with the wings accommodating the passenger cabin, cargo hold and fuel tanks.

    “It’s improved aerodynamic shape and reduced weight will mean it uses 20% less fuel than the Airbus A350, today’s most advanced aircraft. A flying scale model and a full-size section of the interior of the Flying-V will be officially presented at the KLM Experience Days at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in October on the occasion of KLM’s 100th anniversary,” the partners said.

    The Flying-V would have the same wingspan as the A350, although it would not be as long, meaning it could use existing airport gates, runways and hangars.

    It would also carry the same number of passengers as the A350 - 314 in standard configuration - and the same volume of cargo, 160m3.

    The partners said the wide fuselage gives a “unique opportunity” to improve the passenger experience, including seating and washroom layout.

    By: Victoria Moores
    Read more at: https://atwonline.com/technology/klm...ncept-aircraft

    NS Comment: An airline partnering a university on such a new concept should be quite a feat to pull off successfully. Watch this space.
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    NASA/Boeing studied the blendedwing concept some years ago. https://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/...48B/index.html

    They even flew a large RC demonstrator.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Jampton View Post
    NASA/Boeing studied the blendedwing concept some years ago. https://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/...48B/index.html

    They even flew a large RC demonstrator.

    That's an interesting input, Hugh. I wonder what's become of the X-48B project after the demonstrator flights and tests. The yanks have a way of packing stuff away, like the Boeing SST which should have competed with Concorde.

    The KLM/Delft Flying-V appears to be targeting a different market, though, with longer range and higher capacity. The X-48B aerodynamics look more plausible, with the LE slats covering more of the wing. The hefty wing chord on the Flying-V, with pax windows, in addition to drag will also pose anti-icing issues. Can't wait to see the cabin layout, as I suspect natural lighting will be poor.
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