The Next Generation Airline Transport Category Aircraft Development Is Green Lighted By KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
Historically, the airline transport aircraft sold by airline transport aircraft manufactures like The Boeing Company and Airbus Industries have been extremely rigidly strict with the long-time business model of a tube and a wing. The minutely incremental enhancements of features and functionality have been at a pace similar to glacial ice mobilization and geological erosion. Typically, robust and sucessful models such as the Boeing models 737, 747, 757/767, 777, and 787 have product brand extenstions in models that include increases in the physical length of the aircraft. Airbus Industries, a relative newcomer in historical context to The Boeing Company, has be come a valiant and worthy competitor to The Boeing Company to garner, along with The Boeing Company, the vast majority of the global airline transport category aircraft market share. The Boeing Company “got a huge vote of confidence for its troubled 737 Max on Tuesday as International Airlines Group announced it plans to buy 200 of the jets. Boeing (BA) and IAG, the owner of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and other European carriers, announced a letter of intent on the purchase of the jets at the Paris Air Show,” first reported and according to Isidore (2019). The Boeing Company has teased a potentially new transport category aircraft line unoffically dubbed the “Boeing 797,” a new brand and extension of their current business model.
Prior to World War II and the chronic double digit trillion United States Dollar (U.S.D.) deficits, which were largely derived from fraud, political agendas, and a willful lack of oversight, the United States (U.S.) industries and the associated U.S. government was able to invest money in genuine new innovations. The Northrop YF-49B Flying Wing was an extension of vary natural structure of a birds wing in the 1940’s, is an exemplary example of this level of innovation.
The flying wing approach to aircraft design was revisited with the extremely sucessful Northrop Grummand B–2 Spirit Stealth Bomber in the 1990’s. The B–2 Spirit Stealth Bomber is the “Centerpiece of Long Range Strike” capability, according to Northrop-Grummand (2019). The B–2 Spirit Stealth Bomber retains and keeps the global stablity “In–Check” in response to “Rogue“ and “Destructively Radical“ entities.
First reported by Emily Dixon of the Cable News Network (C.N.N.) on June 4th, 2019, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will fund the development of the Next Generation airline transport category aircraft (Dixon, 2019). The “Flying V–Plane” will be fuel-efficient, according to Dixon (2019). KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is a a member of SkyTeam, a nineteen airline member airline alliance including: Delta Airlines, Airfrance, AeroMexico, Saudi Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Aerofloat, and Korean Air. More information of SkyTeam can be found by clicking here. Obviously, a flying wing airframe structure fundamentally enhances the overall lift of the aircraft. According to The Boeing Vice President of Concept Design Aircraft, “a twenty percent increase in efficiency is required to justify an entirely new and clean-sheet aircraft design.” Therefore, in the current business model a twenty-percent increase in overall efficiency is required to meet the Return Of Investment (R.O.I.) in the modern transport category aircraft manufacturing. Increases in effiency above and beyond, or greater, than an overall increase in twenty percent of efficiency may not be considered and/or tolerated as this will likely challenge and cause disruption and/or destruction to the current best practices business and profit models. Regardless, the customary business models and practices KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has decisively decided to financially back. Thereby, “Green Lighting” the Flying Wing strategy and concept for the airline transport category market.
“Intended to improve the sustainability of air travel, the Flying-V was conceived by Justus Benad, then a student at the Technical University of Berlin, and developed by researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, also known as TU Delft”(Dixon, 2019). “”In recent years, KLM has developed as a pioneer in sustainability within the airline industry,” Pieter Elbers, CEO and president of KLM, said in a statement. “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” (Dixon, 2019).
The preliminary development milestones are as follows:
- Fly full-scale model in September 2019.
- Produce a mock-up of the new cabin design will be open to the public at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport in October 2019, as part of KLM’s 100th anniversary celebrations.
- The completed plane is expected to enter service between 2040 and 2050, according to Dixon (2019).
The lack of financial funding is evidence and reflective of its expected entry into service date of 2040 – 2050, or twenty-one to thirty-one years from now. To put this into perspective the global travel industry shifting Boeing 747 “Jumbo” transport category aircraft was developed in sixteen months, or 1.33 years, by “The Incredibles” of The Boeing Company. Moreover, The Boeing Company Chief Exective Officer (C.E.O.) bet the entire future of The Boeing Company on the Boeing 747 at the time. Obviously, the best paid off. The Boeing 747 development was originally concieved by the C.E.O. of Pan American Airways (Pan Am), Juan T. Tripp, whom approached his friend Boeing C.E.O. William “Bill” McPherson Allen with the idea of the “Jumbo” Boeing 747 transport category aircraft..
The finanical terms of the investment and financial commitment by KLM Royal Dutch Airline in this aircraft development program have not been publicly disclosed and/or referenced and/or suggested. KLM Royal Dutch Airline is “Helping” this endeavour and much more financial commitment from governments and industry participants will be required for the aircraft for it to be successful.
The Next Generation transport category aircraft “Flying V” is being developed by “TUDelft.” More information, specification, and details can be viewed on the product webpage by clicking here.
The “Flying V” is both a credible and viable program with a high potential Return On Investments (R.O.I‘s.).
Governments (U.S., Canada, France, Switzerland, etc.) , Airlines (United, American, Hawaiian, British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Emirates, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, etc.), industry participants and players (Northrop–Grumman Corporation, The Boeing Company, Airbus Industries, Gulfstream Aerospace, Textron Aviation, etc.), the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.), and interested entities can and should financially contribute and commit finance and resources in a long-term sustainable manner to TU Delfts’ “Flying V” program.
Mrs. Ineke Boneschansker (Communication manager Aerospace Engineering TU Delft) can be contacted to connect, interact, and begin financial contributions and commitments to the program with the below contact information:
Tel: +31(0)15-278 5361;
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Accessed on June 18, 2019.
Isidore, C. (2019, June 18). Boeing Finds The First Buyer For A 737 Max Since Its Grounding.
Accessed on June 18, 2019.
Northrop-Grumand. (2019). B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber – The Centerpiece Of Long Range Strike.
Accessed on June 18, 2019.