This is a quick way to get around.
If you’re a wealthy CEO with that needs to get to a vital meeting across the country, skip first class and hop into a HondaJet because it’s the fastest jet in business aviation. Honda proved that this year by using the plane on two recognized courses, and the aircraft set records on both of them. The U.S. National Aeronautic Association certified both attempts.
“We chose several of the busiest business aviation airports with extremely popular routes to demonstrate that the HondaJet will get customers where they need to be faster than any other light jet,” said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino.
In a flight from Teterboro, New Jersey, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in April the plane suffered 70-mile-per-hour average headwinds and still covered the distance in a record-setting two hours and 51 minutes. It had a maximum ground speed of 478 mph.
A run from Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida, in July required just two hours and 58 minutes and achieved a maximum ground speed of 486 mph. This flight had the added advantage of easier headwinds at an average 35 mph.
Honda touts the HondaJet as the fastest plane in its class with a max speed of 486 mph, and the company claims that it’s the most fuel-efficient in the segment, too. With a ceiling of 43,000 feet, it can fly higher than competitors, too. The firm claims that the aircraft’s odd-looking over-the-wing engines and specially designed fuselage are at least partially responsible for the impressive performance because of better aerodynamics.
The HondaJet costs around $4.5 million and can carry up to six passengers. There are tons of options too, including a system that lets occupants control the audio system, lighting, cabin temperature, and electrochromatic window shades from a mobile device.
The HondaJet made its maiden flight in production guise in 2014, and Honda delivered the first one to a customer in the United States in December 2015, which was less than a month after receiving final certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. The company sold the first one in Europe in April 2016.