Honda Aircraft confirmed on Tuesday the official launch of the 2600 executive jet. The aircraft, just above the HondaJet Elite II, will be marketed with the goal of certification in 2028.
Unveiled for the first time at NBAA-BACE 2021, the new light business jet will have a capacity of 11 occupants and nonstop transcontinental range, enough to cross the United States.
“The new aircraft will surpass the performance, comfort, and efficiency of typical light jets by providing a medium-sized jet experience”, guaranteed the company, which also confirmed that the aircraft is designed for operation by a single pilot.
According to Honda, the 2600 will be 20% more fuel efficient than other light jets and 40% more economical than midsize jets.
“The commercialization of our new light jet represents Honda’s next chapter of skyward mobility, which further expands the potential of people’s lives,” said Hideto Yamasaki, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company.
By building on the expertise behind our technological innovations, we will accelerate the development of the program with sustainability a key element throughout.”
Among the critical suppliers selected by Honda are Aernnova (aerostructures and components), Garmin (avionics), Spirit AeroSystems (fuselage) and Williams International (engines).
Honda concluded by stating that it is finalizing the engineering designs for the 2600 before the start of manufacturing activities.