I have always had a high regard for Honda’s cars. Despite this, I’ve never owned one, and have gotten very little seat time in any of them; it’s simply that their priorities and mine have never precisely meshed at the point of purchase. (I was considering a used Acura TL during this year’s whirlwind auto-shopping extravaganza, which ended with the acquisition of a not-too-dissimilar Infiniti.)
Back in July, Honda announced that they would be selling aircraft, and on the 17th of this month they started taking orders for the HondaJet, for delivery in three or four years. Autoblog reports they’ve already sold 100:
“We are extremely pleased with the early customer response to HondaJet. In addition to the strong demand we have experienced from individuals, we are negotiating with a number of fleet customers as well,” said Michimasa Fujino, president & CEO of Honda Aircraft Co., Inc. “Due to this overwhelming response, we are now considering an increase in our production plan to meet the needs of our customers.”
The HondaJet will be built in the US, at a location to be determined; Honda Aircraft is based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Some of the features:
The HondaJet uses a bunch of revolutionary new technologies, including the over-the-wing engine mount (OTWEM) configuration that allows increased room in the cabin and cargo hold, while reducing aerodynamic drag increasing performance and fuel efficiency. HondaJet should be good for a cruising speed of 420 knots with a range of up to 1180 nautical miles, all while returning 30-35 percent better fuel economy versus other jets of comparable performance.
The HondaJet sells for $3.65 million; originally, they’d planned to build 70 a year.