Honda, which is mostly known for its cars and motorcycles, has long had its own aviation division. Its flagship product is the HondaJet private jet.
As of December 2021, there are 200 HondaJets in operation around the world in various modifications. In total, they flew 98 thousand hours. Their reliability is 99.7%.
Journalist Business Insider Taylor Raines flew a demonstration flight of the HondaJet Elite and showed what the aircraft looks like inside.
Honda has been in aviation for nearly 40 years
Honda began its first aviation research in 1986. Initially, a team of four people worked on them. The company created an aviation division from scratch and immediately wanted to enter the business jet market.
In 1997, Michimasa Fujino, then Honda’s lead designer, presented the first concept of the HondaJet. Its development began in 2000.
The first prototype took off on December 8, 2003, and two years later the HondaJet was officially presented.
In 2006, Honda founded a division Honda Aircraft Company to develop and support aircraft, Michimasa Fujino became its head.
HondaJet brings a number of technological innovations to business aviation. The most notable are the composite materials and the engines that are mounted above the wings. This is not a new solution, but it is rare in private jets.
This arrangement improved aerodynamics, increased space in the cabin and made it quieter. In addition, the engines immediately distinguish the HondaJet from other aircraft.
Production of the HondaJet was launched in December 2015. In 2017, it became the best-selling compact business jet in the world.
Inside the HondaJet there is everything for a comfortable flight
In the US, HondaJet flights are operated by the airline Flew. Clients can order a plane at any time and drive straight to the runway.
Four seats in the cabin of the glider are located opposite each other. They are at such a distance that passengers can sit relaxed.
Near each seat there are two cup holders, a sliding table for a laptop and a small screen that shows information about the flight, altitude and distance traveled. He is also responsible for adjusting the window blind, lighting and temperature.
If necessary, passengers can connect to Wi-Fi on board the aircraft and manage all functions through the browser on your smartphoneby scanning the QR code on the armrest.
Inside the plane there is a small cupboard with drinks, alcohol and snacks. In addition, passengers can use the coffee machine.
In another modification of the HondaJet, the fifth place is in place of the cabinet.
A separate plus is that the cockpit does not close, so you can watch their work at any time.
In the back there is a toilet and a sink. The toilet can also serve as an additional place, it is equipped with seat belts.
A HondaJet flight costs $4,000 per hour, there is a subscription
Volato was founded at the height of the pandemic in 2020. She owns six HondaJets, with 16 more already on pre-order.
The airline has very simple conditions. One hour of flight costs $4000, you can save money by splitting the bill with other passengers.
Volato chose the HondaJet because it provides a spacious cabin in a small package and has a good range despite its compact size – 2661 km.
The company believes that a four-seat cabin will suit most customers, since people don’t want to overpay for a six- or eight-seater plane.
If desired, the client can issue fractional ownership of the aircraft. A yearly subscription costs $350,000. In this case, an hourly flight will cost $3,200 per hour, plus fuel.
During a shared lease, Volato may operate other flights on the co-owner’s jet. For each train, he will receive a percentage of the amount of the flight. He will also be able to reduce taxes by writing off part of the cost of owning an aircraft.
Source: iPhones.ru — Новости высоких технологий, обзоры смартфонов, презентации Apple by www.iphones.ru.
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