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Honda says next-gen HondaJet will be able to fly nonstop across the U.S.

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Airtist's concept of the HondaJet 2600
Airtist's concept of the HondaJet 2600
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The HondaJet 2600 comes in three cabin configurations
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The HondaJet 2600 comes in three cabin configurations
The HondaJet 2600 interior
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The HondaJet 2600 interior
The HondaJet 2600 has an advanced pilot interface
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The HondaJet 2600 has an advanced pilot interface
The HondaJet 2600 has double the baggage space of it predecessors
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The HondaJet 2600 has double the baggage space of it predecessors
The HondaJet 2600 has an over the wing engine configuration
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The HondaJet 2600 has an over the wing engine configuration
Airtist's concept of the HondaJet 2600
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Airtist's concept of the HondaJet 2600
The HondaJet 2600
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The HondaJet 2600 can carry 10 passengers
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Honda Aircraft Company showed off a mock-up of its HondaJet 2600 Concept this week at the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas. The Concept is billed as a next generation light business jet that will be the first capable of flying nonstop across the continental United States.

Introduced as a concept way back in 1997, 150 HondaJets have been delivered to customers as of 2020 and Honda Aircraft has been tweaking the basic design over the years. This latest iteration looks very similar to its predecessors, though it's being about 10 feet longer, has a larger wingspan, twice the baggage space and almost twice the range.

Like the earlier HondaJets, the 2600 shares the same composite fuselage, Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, and Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) technology on the wings and fuselage nose. Though details on the engines and other upgrades have not been released, Honda says the new jet will have a range of 2,625 nm (3,020 miles, 4,861 km) with a cruising speed of 450 kts (518 mph, 833 km/h) and an operating ceiling of 47,000 ft (14,000 m). In addition, it's billed as being 40 percent more fuel efficient than a mid-size jet and producing 20 percent fewer emissions than a typical light jet.

The HondaJet 2600 interior
The HondaJet 2600 interior

Inside, there's seating up to 10 passengers plus one crew, and the cabin has three different configurations. Though the flight deck has a co-pilot position, the aircraft can be flown by only one pilot thanks to advanced automated systems, including a high-tech interface, and electrification and automated systems.

"Over the past five years, we introduced the HondaJet Elite, then the Elite S, to further enhance the original HondaJet design," says Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "Now, we are validating market demand as we unveil a new aircraft concept in a different segment from the original HondaJet. With the HondaJet 2600 Concept, which enables efficient transcontinental flight, offers new level of cabin comfort and capacity, and dramatically reduces CO2 emissions, we are introducing a new generation of business jets."

Here's Hondas introductory video for the HondaJet 2600 Concept:

Honda 2600

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

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christopher
Amaze me how modern planes put so much effort into optimising the wings, wingtips, nose, etc - then stick a big protruding squarish fuel tank right out in the airflow - did nobody in the marketing department bother to tell the designers what the range and fuel-capacity were supposed to be?
anthony88
What would happen if the arms holding the engines were angled at about 30 degrees instead of the 90 they are, now? Would they provide additional lift, or increase drag?
Robt
@christopher The protrusion on the belly of the fuselage contains the load bearing structure for the wings
BlueOak
Funny to see folks with no apparent aeronautical engineering expertise declare the shape of a well studied and tested fuselage not to be aerodynamic. ;-). I'm not a aeronautical engineer either, but perhaps that under the wing design is required for structural integrity (for both the wings and landing gear) without intruding on the already compact passenger compartment. Furthermore, the optimized aerodynamic shapes are not always intuitively obvious. Who are we to argue with 40% better fuel efficiency!?!

I think it is impressive Honda took to bold step to challenge the established business jet makers and they did it with clever and efficient design. Furthermore, starting on the small end was a smart way to earn credibility.... followed by naturally upsizing to leverage the platform.

(Now they need to get off their vehicle division arses and do clever EV's rather than partnering with behemoth legacy auto companies like GM.)
Nelson Hyde Chick
Just another toy for rich people while the rest of life on this planet is left to rot.
Nelson Hyde Chick
anthony88, I bweleive what you suggested was tried with the Boeing YC-14: https://avgeekery.com/boeing-yc-14-design-advanced-good/
PB
Since the fuselage is composite, I assume that the fuselage is life limited due to the pressurization cycles. I wonder what that answer is?