I flew on Honda's new $5.25 million private jet to see if it's faster, quieter, and more luxurious than before. Here's the verdict.
- The HondaJet Elite made its world debut in May of 2018.
- It's an updated version of the original Honda HA-420 HondaJet private jet that entered production in 2015.
- The HondaJet Elite boasts increased range, a quieter cabin, an available galley, and a host of other tweaks.
- The Elite starts at $5.25 million, roughly $350,000 more than the original HondaJet.
In 2015, the Honda HA-420 HondaJet entered production. It was the Japanese industrial giant's first foray into the world aviation as a manufacturer. The HondaJet was the culmination of three decades of research and development led by Honda Aircraft Corporation CEO Michimasa Fujino.
Honda is a company known the world over for its engineering prowess. Pretty much everything the company produces is world class from hybrid supercars to lawn movers. Still, many were unsure if Honda was up to the task of building a jet from scratch.Read more: I flew on Honda's $4.9 million private jet, and it's an absolute game-changer.
In the fall of 2017, Business Insider had the chance to experience the HondaJet first hand on a test flight over the Northeastern United States. It was magnificent. The HondaJet proved to be quick, comfortable, and chock full of innovative design features.
In 2018, Honda introduced an updated version of the plane called the HondaJet Elite. The name matches with the designation given to the company's luxury spec automobiles.
The Elite was initially sold alongside the original HondaJet but has now taken over as the only version of the plane in production.
This month, we made our way to down to Greensboro, North Carolina, home of the Honda Aircraft Corporation, for a test flight on board the HondaJet Elite.The HondaJet Elite starts at $5.25 million, $350 million more than the original HondaJet.
Here's a look at our flight on the Honda HA-420 HondaJet Elite: