Not all automakers are involved in aircraft projects for the sake of developing flying cars. For example, Honda Aircraft Company is in it just for the sake of business aviation.
Today, the company unveiled a new upgraded aircraft called the HondaJet Elite, featuring increased range, updated avionics and enhanced cabin amenities. What’s impressive about the Elite, for starters, is that it can fly 396 km (246 miles) further than its predecessor.
It also comes with a new noise attenuating inlet structure which helps make the cabin more quiet during flight. Other changes include the additional performance management functions for improved flight planning, as well as the automatic stability and protection functions that enhance safety while in the air.
The new HondaJet Elite is also said to boast the best fuel efficiency in its class, as well as best-in-class speed, altitude and range. It will be on display at EBACE (European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition) from May 28th through May 31st, in Geneva, Switzerland.
“The HondaJet Elite represents Honda Aircraft’s continued commitment to performance, efficiency and environment creating new value in business aviation,” stated Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO, Michimasa Fujino. “The result of innovation, design and engineering, our new aircraft features several performance and comfort enhancements that, once again, set a new standard in aviation. We are excited to share Honda Aircraft’s latest technological feat with the world at EBACE.”
Customers can order the aircraft with new exterior colors, such as three premier signature paints (Ice Blue/Ruby Red/Monarch Orange), as well as an optional Bongiovi audio system – an industry first speaker-less in-cabin system. Other options include the belted lavatory, galley with coffee brewer and two-tone executive leather seats.
The aircraft’s total range is 1,437 nautical miles (2,661 km / 1,653 miles).