Not happy with the 2008 Fireblade? Wait till 2010 then, and Honda will have something that’s faster and better looking. Of course, at US$3.65 million apiece, the HondaJet – an ‘advanced, compact, business jet’ – will also be a bit more expensive.
Two years ago, Honda had announced they would be entering the field of aviation via the newly formed GE-Honda Aero. Last year, Takeo Fukui, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., made an announcement saying that Honda will soon start selling the HondaJet – their first personal aircraft, which is powered by the HF120 jet engine made by GE-Honda Aero.
Honda engineers have been studying turbine / jet engines for the last four decades and the company has, for a long time, wanted to make light aircraft. Said Fukui, ‘As a mobility company, we always kept one eye on the sky. This personal passion for aviation started with the founder of Honda Motor Company, Soichiro Honda. And it continued with every former CEO of our company. They all helped keep the dream alive.’
The Honda Aircraft Company, based in Greensboro, North Carolina, in the US, will oversee further development, marketing, production, sales and service of the HondaJet. Top speed of the HondaJet is 775km/h, and Honda say that their aircraft’s range, fuel efficiency, cabin space and luggage capacity is significantly better than that of most other similar-sized jet aircraft. Visit the official website here, for more information. Or, if you don't think you can afford a HondaJet just yet, look at other options here and here!Also see:
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