Honda is the name that pops up in your mind when you think about cars and motorcycles. Isn’t that the case? However, Honda has created a private jet known as The Honda Jet that has been developed over a period of 30 years and is company’s entry car into a $23 billion per year industry. Oh and before you read on, let us tell you something interesting about the jet; its design has been inspired from a woman’s shoe.
The production cost for the Honda Jet in North Carolina in US is $45.5 million and it will be making its way to the light jet segment where it shall be competing against names such Cessna Citation Mustang and the Embracer Phenom 100. The deliveries will start later in 2015, and even now Honda already has managed to acquire orders for 100 of these jets. The sales are scheduled for USA and Europe.
The jet is currently on a world tour that started after the launch ceremony that took place at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Company’s president stated that providing people with personal mobility in the air has been the dream of Honda for quite a while now. According to Takanobu Ino, the launch day was a symbolic day for company. During the ceremony, Honda Aircraft CEO, Michimasa Fujino told the crowd about the nose’s design of the jet has been inspired by high heels that were sported on shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo, which he saw while visiting a duty free shop. The designer shoes imparted comfort, beauty, and functionality.
The engine layout of the jet is unique with dual GE Honda HF120 turbofans located on top of the wings. The conventional aircraft layout dictates these engines affixed on the rear of the fuselage. This unique design allows to save passengers from the noise that comes because of engines being located on the rear of the fuselage.
This design also imparts more space that can be utilized because the interior superstructure that no longer has to support the engines can be removed. The HF120 turbofans shall allow the Honda Jet to reach top speed of 483mph and can carry six persons for up to 1,300 miles. The cockpit comes with a number of touchscreen controls and a Garmin G3000 avionics suite while also featuring three 14-inch displays.
A pretty cool piece of luxury for billionaires, isn’t it?