Carbon emissions from the aircrafts are becoming an increasing global problem. Currently, 2.5 percent of total global CO2 emissions come from aircrafts. It's estimated that by 2050, they'll be responsible for 5 percent of the worldwide carbon emissions - that's 43 gigatonnes of pollution.
However a solution is on the way. Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) partnered with KLM Dutch Royal Airlines to address the situation. They developed a new type of plane - 'Flying-V'. It was the brainchild of TU Berlin student Justus Benad. What's exciting about the Flying-V is that it would use 20 percent less fuel than the most advanced plane of today, the Airbus 350.
A flying scale model will be displayed in the October at KLM's 100-year anniversary. In a press release, the dean of aerospace engineering at TU Delft, Henri Werj said,
We are incredibly pleased to be able to cooperate with our trusted partner KLM on our combined mission to make aviation more sustainable. Radically new and highly energy-efficient aircraft designs such as the Flying-V are important in this respect, as are new forms of propulsion. Our ultimate aim is one of emission free flight. Our cooperation with KLM offers a tremendous opportunity to bring about real change.
The V-shaped plane is actually all wing, with no central fuselage. The passenger cabins, cargo hold, and fuel tanks, all will be inside the Flying-V's both wings. The wingspan of the craft would be the same as the Airbus 350. Though it is 20 meters shorter in length, it can carry same amount of fuel. The Flying-V would accommodate the same number of passengers as the Airbus 350. With 20 percent less fuel consumption it can go much further than Airbus 350.
There is still few concerns about the design. In conventional planes, we sit along the spine of the fuselage, and so turns are typically fairly easy to stomach. In 'Flying-V' passangers will be seated outward in a wing far away from that center axis. So when the plane turns, passengers will feel significant discomfort.
If everything goes accordingly, the plane can be commercialized in around 2035. The new design is already proven to be more eco-friendly and we hope the development team will definitely make some more changes to increase the comfort of passengers.