All Accord the HondaJet
July 8th 2011
Ryanair and easyJet brought budget air travel to the masses, and now Honda is aiming to make private jets no longer the preserve of presidents and oligarchs with the launch of a new “low-cost” jet.
The twin-engine HondaJet boasts a top speed of 485 mph and seating for five, all at a price tag of $3.6 million (compared to upwards of $8 million for a Learjet).
Revolutionary technology and aerodynamics give fuel savings of 20 percent, whilst highly-automated controls mean it can be flown by a single pilot. These factors will collectively cut the cost of chartering a fully-loaded HondaJet to one approaching that of a first-class commercial ticket.
Luxury comes in the form of leather interiors, “exceptional” leg room, plus a built-in lavatory. And there’s even enough cargo space to load up a full set of Louis Vuitton.
Michimasa Fujino, president of Honda Aircraft, said he believes the corporate jet market is ready for a shake-up. “HondaJet will be more luxurious, and we want to change the concept of what luxury means for the customer. We want pilots to feel like they are flying a sports car, not a sedan,” he said.
The Hondajet will hit skies in 2012, and there are already more than 100 upfront orders.