Honda Aircraft Company disclosed the HondaJet 2600 Concept at NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in 2021. Presented as the next generation of business jets, the company displayed a mockup of the HondaJet 2600 Concept to collect customer feedback and validate market demand.
The HondaJet 2600 Concept inherits Honda Aircraft’s aeronautical breakthroughs, including the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) technology on wings, fuselage nose, and carbon composite fuselage.
By enhancing these foundational HondaJet technologies, the HondaJet 2600 Concept will be the world’s first light jet capable of flying transcontinental nonstop trips across the United States with a range of 2,625 nautical miles. It also features a high-speed cruise of 450 knots and a class-leading ceiling of 47,000 feet.
The OTWEM configuration provides cabin tranquility with significantly lower vibration compared to conventional light jets. The technology allows the aircraft to have a quieter and more spacious cabin suited for long-range travel with a capacity of 11 occupants and aims to deliver unparalleled fuel efficiency.
The aircraft also has the tallest cabin height and offers class-leading pressurization with a cabin altitude of 6,363 feet at its max operating altitude of 47,000 feet. On the other hand, it can reduce 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.
Michimasa Fujino, President, and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company stated that the company has been validating market demand as they unveil a new aircraft concept in a different segment from the original HondaJet. The HondaJet 2600 Concept will enable efficient transcontinental flight, offer a new level of cabin comfort and capacity, and dramatically reduce CO2 emissions.
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