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