Honda Aircraft Company Names New Small Business Jet as “HondaJet Echelon”

HondaJet Echelon

Honda Aircraft Company has decided to name their new small business jet “HondaJet Echelon.”

“Echelon” refers to “echelon formation,” a flight pattern that achieves high aerodynamic efficiency in aircraft. This is said to be effective for reducing fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. The company aims to start the production of the first aircraft by mid-2024, followed by test flights in 2026, and obtaining type certification in 2028.

With a capacity for 11 crew and passengers, the jet features a Williams FJ44-4C engine and Garmin G3000 avionics. The company has further evolved its unique technologies, such as engine placement on the upper surface of the main wing, natural laminar flow wing and nose designs, and composite fuselage. On transcontinental routes in the United States, the aircraft improves fuel efficiency by 20% compared to competitors and over 40% compared to higher-category medium-sized jets. The aircraft’s range is 2,625 nautical miles, with a maximum cruising speed of 450 knots and a maximum operating altitude of 47,000 feet.

Contracts with key suppliers have already been signed as of June.

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