The Honda Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of the Japanese automaker, unveiled the “HondaJet 2600 Concept”, a next-generation light business jet. Honda Aircraft displayed a mockup of the concept at the National Business Aviation Association’s BACE in Las Vegas this week to collect customer feedback and validate market demand.
The HondaJet 2600 Concept features an over-the-wing engine mount configuration, a carbon composite fuselage, and improved Natural Laminar Flow technology on its nose and wings. These features enable the aircraft to have a range of 2,625 nautical miles (4,861 km), making it “the world’s first light jet capable of nonstop transcontinental flight across the United States.” The aircraft will reach a maximum cruise speed of 450 knots (833 km/h) and a class-leading flight ceiling of 47,000 feet.
According to the press release, the aircraft also dramatically reduces carbon emissions with up to 20% better fuel efficiency than typical light jets and is over 40% more fuel-efficient than a mid-size jet during a typical mission.
Inside, you will find a modular and highly customizable layout designed for multiple customers used cases. The HondaJet 2600 Concept has a quiet and spacious cabin suited for long-range travel, with seating for up to 11 occupants. It features generous legroom, the tallest cabin height, and a class-leading cabin altitude of 6,363 ft. In addition, the cabin provides relaxing accommodations with ample luggage space for long journeys, all while achieving peerless fuel efficiency.
The cockpit will include advanced autonomous flight features such as autothrottle, autobrake, Advanced Steering Augmentation System (ASAS), and Runway Overrun Awareness and Alerting System (ROAAS), offering the utmost in operational safety by reducing pilot workload through an intuitive, high-tech interface. These automated systems make the HondaJet 2600 Concept “the first transcontinental jet designed for single-pilot operation.”
“With the HondaJet 2600 Concept, which enables efficient transcontinental flight, offers a new level of cabin comfort and capacity, and dramatically reduces CO2 emissions, we are introducing a new generation of business jets,” stated Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company President, and CEO.
It is just a concept at this stage, and there are no plans to put the jet into production as of now.