Bom­bardier launches the Global 5500 and 6500, and Honda Air­craft re­veals the HondaJet Elite.

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Honda Air­craft re­cently an­nounced an en­hanced ver­sion of its in­au­gu­ral busi­ness jet. The HondaJet Elite prom­ises longer range, avion­ics en­hance­ments, greater crea­ture com­forts and ad­di­tional op­tions.

With a range of 1,427 nm, the Elite ver­sion of the HondaJet has a 17 per­cent greater range than the orig­i­nal light jet. Honda Air­craft claims to have greater fuel ef­fi­ciency than any other air­craft in its cat­e­gory. While the HondaJet was al­ready known for be­ing ex­cep­tion­ally quiet, a mod­i­fi­ca­tion to the en­gine in­let struc­ture has re­duced both ex­te­rior and in­te­rior noise even more, the com­pany says.

Up­dates to the avion­ics will make flight plan­ning even eas­ier. The HondaJet Elite has added au­to­matic com­pu­ta­tions for re­quired run­way length, V-speeds, climb and ap­proach gra­di­ents, and per­for­mance plan­ning for all phases of flight to its in­te­grated Garmin G3000 avion­ics suite. New safety fea­tures in­clude an­gle of at­tack, sta­bil­ity pro­tec­tion, cou­pled go-around tech­nol­ogy and un­der­speed pro­tec­tion.

Pas­sen­gers in the aft cabin should ap­pre­ci­ate the op­tional fullser­vice gal­ley; Wi-Fi; and built-in, speak­er­less sound sys­tem from Bon­giovi Acous­tics. The speak­er­less sound sys­tem isn’t just es­thet­i­cally pleas­ing since the speak­ers are in­te­grated into the side pan­els. The sys­tem is also lighter and prom­ises a uni­form au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence.

In ad­di­tion to the added op­tions, the in­te­rior has re­ceived a face-lift with two-tone leather seats, and op­er­a­tors can now add a sev­enth belted seat in the pri­vate lava­tory sec­tion.

The HondaJet Elite will be avail­able with three ad­di­tional paint op­tions: Ice Blue, Ruby Red and Monarch Or­ange. The orig­i­nal five col­ors are also avail­able.

The cost for a typ­i­cally equipped HondaJet Elite is $5.25 mil­lion. The orig­i­nal HondaJet ver­sion will be avail­able un­til the end of the year, Honda Air­craft says.

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