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Towards Our Next Dream

Aircraft development | Since 1986
Honda Jet

Changing the world of flying with original technology and ideas


Taking personal mobility to the skies: This dream, cherished since Honda's founding, is about to become a reality with the HondaJet, which will revolutionize the world of light business jets. Working toward the vision of "creating an aircraft that never existed before, one worthy of Honda," the development team started with a total rethinking of conventional aircraft design, tackling R&D challenges through one-of-a-kind technology. Honda is making steady progress toward delivery of customer aircraft.

HondaJet

HondaJet

Over-the-wing engine mount defies the conventional approach to aircraft design

Conventional business jets mount their engines on the rear part of the fuselage, while the HondaJet has gone with an over-the-wing engine mount configuration. The outcome of thorough experimentation and extensive testing, this unique design achieves major improvements in aerodynamic performance, including faster flight speed and greater fuel efficiency than conventional aircraft in its class. The design also allows for maximum use of interior space, making possible a spacious cabin with comfortable seating and large cargo space.

HF120 turbofan engine

HF120 turbofan engine


Production of the first HondaJet customer aircraft begins

In October 2012, the final assembly of first HondaJet customer aircraft started in earnest at the production plant adjoining the Honda Aircraft Company headquarters. The production line adopts a range of cutting-edge technologies to achieve high levels of quality and productivity, including IT systems that make use of portable tablet devices for assembly process control.

HondaJet production line (U.S.)

HondaJet production line (U.S.)

[Aircraft development history]

  1. 19861986Research begins on light aircraft and engine
  2. 19971997First concept sketch of HondaJet created
  3. 20032003First flight of HondaJet experimental aircraft
  4. 20062006Honda enters aircraft market and accepts orders
  5. 20102010Successful first flight of FAA-conforming HondaJet
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