Honda Aircraft Company has unveiled its HondaJet 2600 Concept at the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) underway in the US. A mock-up of the concept is being displayed to collect customer feedback and validate market demand for the aircraft, which inherits the company’s aeronautical breakthroughs, including the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) technology on wings and fuselage nose, and carbon composite fuselage.
Introducing the concept mock-up at the 2021 NBAA, Michimasa Fujino, President & CEO, Honda Aircraft Company, said, “Over the past five years, we introduced the HondaJet Elite, then the Elite S, to further enhance the original HondaJet design. Now, we are validating market demand as we unveil a new aircraft concept in a different segment from the original HondaJet. With the HondaJet 2600 Concept, which enables efficient transcontinental flight, offers new level of cabin comfort and capacity, and dramatically reduces CO2 emissions, we are introducing a new generation of business jets.”
The HondaJet 2600 Concept will be the world’s first light jet capable of nonstop transcontinental flight across the US. The new generation business jet can seat up to 11 occupants and will have a range of 2,625 nautical miles, in addition to having a high-speed cruise of 450 knots and a ceiling of 47,000 feet. In addition, Honda’s use of advanced technologies will allow the new aircraft to deliver up to 20% better fuel efficiency than typical light jets and over 40% compared to a mid-size jet during a typical mission.