HondaJet 2600 Concept (Image for illustration purposes only) Photo: Honda Aircraft Co

Honda Aircraft Co unveils HondaJet 2600 concept


Honda Aircraft Co this week unveiled the HondaJet 2600 Concept, at a special event hosted by Honda Aircraft Co at the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). Presented as the next generation of business jet, Honda Aircraft 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 and fuselage nose, and carbon composite fuselage. Through the further refinement of these foundational HondaJet technologies, the HondaJet 2600 Concept will be the world's first light jet capable of nonstop transcontinental flight across the United States. The aircraft has a quiet and spacious cabin suited for long range travel, can seat for up to 11 occupants, and aims to deliver unparalleled fuel efficiency.


A range of 2,625 nautical miles, being the world's first light jet capable of nonstop transcontinental flight across the United States, and also features a high speed cruise of 450 knots and a class-leading ceiling of 47,000 feet.

Significantly more passenger space as well as a class-leading cabin tranquility with greatly reduced vibration compared to conventional light jets, due to the OTWEM configuration. 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. Finally, the aircraft will also offer 3 types of modular and highly customizable cabin configurations.

Advanced Technology

The first transcontinental jet designed for single-pilot operation, with an advanced cockpit incorporating innovative technologies such as electrification and automated systems, including auto throttle and autobrake, among others. It will offer the utmost operational safety by reducing pilot workload through an intuitive, high-tech interface.

Fuel efficiency

Dramatically reduces 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.

When introducing the HondaJet 2600 Concept mock-up at the 2021 NBAA, Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino stated, "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."

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A few of the business jet manufacturers have gone out of business, so hopefully, Honda isn't 15 yrs too late with this. In the US, I've been seeing more and more electric aircraft for the sub-150 mile jumps. They are working with the FAA and NASA on different uses, including taxi services. These are eVTOL aircraft and substantial, unlike the personal taxi quad-copters we've all seen in China. They've already passed US military requirements and expect to provide airlines with commercially certified planes Part 23 in 2024. This is a realistic date. They've been flying a few years already.

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Single pilot with passengers on a night approach in really bad weather. I'm not there. Does this airplane put the approach procedure up on a screen in front of the pilot and then coach them through the missed approach procedure and all the radio frequency changes involved? Does it switch NAVAID frequencies for you too? I can see situations where a single pilot can get behind the curve and have a bad night. Night approaches in bad weather can be exciting for two pilots sometimes.

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@Desert Tortoise, as a flyer in both business jets and commercial aircraft, I have to agree with you. One pilot on a long flight increases the risk of disaster, at least in my opinion. And totally automated flight that allows the pilot to relax is not, in my mind, a great idea. Maybe I'm wrong, often I am, but I wouldn't fly in one of those until they have thousands and thousands of hours in the air, with CCTV in the cockpit.

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One pilot on a long flight increases the risk of disaster, at least in my opinion.

Overworked pilots get drowsy. At least if there are two pilots the chances of both falling asleep are minimal but there have been a few occasions of multi crew aircraft overshooting destinations because both pilots went nightly-night. I was thinking more of how busy it can get making one of the more complex instrument approaches during a bad storm. Often you have to switch frequencies on your NAVAIDs and change radio frequencies as you pass through different air traffic control sectors before you switch you your final controller, all the while flying a heading and controlling altitude through steps. And you always have to be ready in case you get down to the approach minimums and still cannot see the runway to execute a detailed missed approach procedure. Having a second pilot next to you to switch frequencies from approach to departure control (and later back to approach control !) and read the headings and altitudes to use as you climb out can be a life saver. It is real easy to get behind when it's storming outside and the airplane is bouncing around in turbulence.

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Does it have a VTEC engine?

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