Honda unveils new HondaJet with extended flight range, car landing

Honda Motor Co. launches a new model of its popular small business jet, HondaJet Elite II, with extended flight range and automatic landing system.

The latest model, priced at $6.95 million, can cover 2,865 miles, 204 miles longer than the existing models, as it has adopted a larger fuel tank, according to Honda’s jet-making unit, Honda Aircraft Co.

Photo shows HondaJet Elite II, the new model from Honda Motor Co. of its popular small business jet. (Photo courtesy of Honda Motor Co.) (Kyodo)

It also added performance-enhancing ground spoilers to its wings to help control speed, Honda Aircraft said recently.

“The HondaJet Elite II once again pushes the boundaries of its category on all fronts of performance, comfort and style,” said Hideto Yamasaki, CEO of Honda Aircraft, in a statement.

The company is expected to begin supplying the aircraft to customers from November after obtaining a flight operations certificate from the U.S. aviation authorities.

According to Honda Aircraft, new automation technologies, such as automatic emergency landing, will also be introduced in the new model by the end of next year. The features can be retrofitted to the aircraft, the company said.

In 2021, 37 HondaJet aircraft were delivered, making it the best-selling small business jet for the fifth year in a row. It became increasingly popular as a safer mode of transport among business leaders during the coronavirus pandemic, it said.

Honda entered the business jet market in 2015, launching the jet with high fuel economy and relatively large cabin space.

The development of a private jet was an ambition of the late Soichiro Honda, the founder of the Japanese car manufacturer. In 1962, he announced the company’s intention to enter the aircraft market.

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