The Honda brand is typically associated with cars and motorcycles, but how about air travel? The Japanese automaker has recently expanded into the aircraft market, unveiling the HondaJet Elite, aiming to provide a luxury experience at a reasonable price.
The HondaJet Elite seats six in a quiet cabin with a lavish interior. The private jet is priced at $5.25 million.
The company describes it as the fastest, furthest, highest-flying plane in its class. HondaJet Elite has a top speed of 486 mph (782 kmph) and can fly over a range of 1437 nautical miles (2,661 km), which is 214 nautical miles (396 km) over the previous HondaJet, thanks to the addition of an extra fuel tank. Honda also tweaked the T-tail design such that the HondaJet Elite needs only 3,491 feet of runway space to take off. Takeoff is also made easier by the jet’s climb rate of 4,100 feet per minute. The aircraft is classified as a very light jet (VLJ), and it has 66 cubic ft. of cargo storage space in the rear and front.
The HondaJet Elite is 43 feet long and 15 feet tall with a 40-foot wingspan with the engines on pylons above each wing instead of the main fuselage; this makes the cabin quieter and more spacious. The main cabin can seat 5-6 passengers, depending on the number of crew members on board. The jet has soft, comfortable bolstering, and the seats are upholstered in leather. It also features a galley kitchen that includes a coffee maker and a private bathroom with skylights and a seat-belt (this can also be converted into an extra seat). The cabin is made of a carbon fibre epoxy composite designed to be lighter and stronger than traditional aluminium construction.
Pilots will enjoy a highly customized Garmin G3000 avionics suite, which reduces flight planning time, enhances situational awareness and safety, and delivers a more enjoyable flight experience to everyone on board. The cockpit features three 14.1-inch HD displays and a pair of 5.7-inch touch screens.