Honda Aircraft unveils new business jet

Honda Aircraft Company

Honda Aircraft Company unveiled the HondaJet 2600 concept at a special event at the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE).

Presented as the next generation of business jet, Honda displayed a mockup of the concept to collect customer feedback and validate market demand.

The concept inherits Honda aeronautical features, including the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) technology on wings and fuselage nose, and carbon composite fuselage.

Through the further refinement of these technologies, the HondaJet 2600 concept aims to be the world’s first light jet capable of nonstop transcontinental flight across the US.

Key features

  • A quiet and spacious cabin suited for long range travel, can seat for up to 11 occupants, and aims to deliver unparalleled fuel efficiency
  • Range of 2,625 nautical miles and features a high speed cruise of 450 knots and a flight ceiling of 47,000 feet
  • Significantly more passenger space as well as greatly reduced vibration compared to conventional light jets, due to the OTWEM configuration
  • Dramatically reduced carbon emissions with up to 20% better fuel efficiency than typical light jets, and is over 40% more fuel efficient than a mid-size jet during a typical mission
  • An advanced cockpit incorporating innovative technologies such as electrification and automated systems, including autothrottle and autobrake, among others. It will offer the utmost operational safety by reducing pilot workload through an intuitive, high-tech interface

Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO Michimasa Fujino commented: “Over the past five years, we introduced the HondaJet Elite, then the Elite S, to further enhance the original HondaJet design. Now, we are validating market demand as we unveil a new aircraft concept in a different segment from the original HondaJet. With the HondaJet 2600 Concept, which enables efficient transcontinental flight, offers new level of cabin comfort and capacity, and dramatically reduces CO2 emssions, we are introducing a new generation of business jets.”

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