Honda Aircraft Company unveils lightweight "HondaJet" in Switzerland
Honda Aircraft Company, Honda's subsidiary aircraft business, has just introduced their currently in-development lightweight jet called HondaJet to the public at the 2014 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.
They also announced that they will begin the full-scale process for commercial production in order to start delivering to end customers within 2015 after being able to obtain the aircraft's type certification by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) of the United States.
HondaJet features the HF120 turbo engine, manufactured by GE Honda Aero Engines, with a "breakthrough" over-the-wing engine mount.
They are planning to conduct a ground-based function test and the first flight in summer 2014.
There are 5 exterior color choices (green, silver, red, yellow, and blue). At this moment, they are in the process of building 9 HondaJet aircrafts, and will start building the 10th aircraft next month.
According to Honda Aircraft Company, compared with aircraft made by rival companies, HondaJet has a more spacious cabin and better fuel efficiency. Its top cruising speed is 779km/h and passenger capacity is 5 or 6 people.
As a business jet for companies or wealthy people, Honda Aircraft Company expects to produce an ambitious 80 to 100 aircrafts in 2014.
The current estimated price is 4.57 hundred million JPY (about 4.5 million USD) as of May 20, 2014.