Honda unveiled a new jet that's faster, more efficient, and can fly farther than anything in its class
- Honda revealed a new jet, the HondaJet Elite, on Sunday in Geneva, Switzerland.
- The aircraft has a range of 1,437 nautical miles, a maximum speed of 486 mph, and a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet.
- The jet also has noise-reducing engine inlets and a speakerless, in-cabin sound system.
- The HondaJet Elite is the company's second aircraft, following the HondaJet, which was released in 2015.
Honda has unveiled a new jet, the HondaJet Elite, that features improved range, noise reduction, and avionics.
Honda Aircraft Company, the automaker's aviation subsidiary, revealed the aircraft on Sunday in Geneva, Switzerland. The HondaJet Elite is the company's second aircraft, following the HondaJet, which the company started delivering in 2015.The HondaJet Elite has a range of 1,437 nautical miles, noise-reducing engine inlets, and an avionics system designed to improve flight planning, stability, and safety. Honda Aircraft Company says the HondaJet Elite has the best fuel efficiency, maximum speed (486 mph), maximum altitude (43,000 feet), and range in its class. The aircraft also features a speakerless, in-cabin sound system from Bongiovi Aviation.
"The HondaJet Elite represents Honda Aircraft's continued commitment to performance, efficiency, and environment creating new value in business aviation," Honda Aircraft Company CEO Michimasa Fujino said during the aircraft's unveiling on Sunday. "The result of innovation, design, and engineering, our new aircraft features several performance and comfort enhancements that, once again, set a new standard in aviation."
Honda Aircraft Company was founded in 2006, though the HondaJet was in development for three decades. The aircraft has a maximum speed of 486 mph, maximum altitude of 43,000 feet, and a range of around 1,223 nautical miles when carrying four people. The HondaJet also featured a unique nose shape and placed its engines over the wings, rather than on the main fuselage.
Business Insider's Benjamin Zhang took a ride on the HondaJet in 2017. You can see pictures of the aircraft and read Benjamin's impressions here.