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Honda unveils the HondaJet Elite II with longer legs
The new model has an expanded range of 1,547 nm, while an upgrade package offers current HondaJet Elite owners the opportunity to implement the company's latest performance and avionics software enhancements.
The Elite II introduces a bold new Black Edition paint scheme that further differentiates the ramp appeal of the aircraft.
Read this story in our November 2022 printed issue.

Honda Aircraft Company has revealed the HondaJet Elite II at the 2022 National Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), a new upgraded aircraft that features a host of key advancements in performance and comfort. The company also announced the introduction of automation technologies.

With an expanded range of 1,547 nm, the Elite II now extends HondaJet's reach to more destinations while maintaining its position as the most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class. The addition of ground spoilers completes the performance upgrades, optimising takeoff and landing field performance.

“The HondaJet Elite II once again pushes the boundaries of its category on all fronts of performance, comfort and style,” says Hideto Yamasaki, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. “We are also excited to take our aircraft forward on the journey of automation by bringing new technologies to the market next year.”

With the announcement of its journey of automation, Honda Aircraft Company also plans to introduce Autothrottle and Emergency Autoland by the end of 2023. This direction encapsulates the continuous effort to improve the HondaJet through automation, augmentation and situational awareness technologies to enhance operational safety and reduce pilot workload while aligning with global Honda's commitment to advances in safety technology.

The HondaJet Elite II features a fully redesigned cabin and the introduction of two new interior design options, Onyx and Steel, featuring new surface materials and colours. The cabin redesign led to a modern luxury of flight experience with a holistic approach to comfort that includes a nose to tail acoustic treatment, creating a tranquil space for both passengers and pilots.

Outside, the Elite II introduces a bold new Black Edition paint scheme that further differentiates the ramp appeal of the aircraft.

Meanwhile, Honda Aircraft Company's Advanced Performance Modification Group has added a new upgrade package for the current HondaJet Elite. The performance upgrade will increase the maximum take off weight by 200 pounds, a significant performance upgrade that allows customers to fly up to 120 nautical miles further at a higher payload or with an additional passenger. Additionally, the avionics software upgrade options include installation of FAA datacom and ACARS, which replace traditional voice commands with text-based messaging to improve the clarity and efficiency of communications. Finally, combined with the newly introduced Advanced Steering Augmentation System (ASAS), not only will the customer experience reduced pilot workload, they will benefit from an increased crosswind operational capability. The upgrade package expands possibilities with no compromises in baseline efficiency.

“We are thrilled to announce the upgrade package to our HondaJet Elite owners,” says head of commercial business unit and VP of customer service Amod Kelkar. “This upgrade package is another testament of our continued efforts in customer service to provide upgrade options to our ever-growing fleet. We remain committed to setting a new standard in business aviation by advancing innovative design and engineering solutions to our existing customer base.”

The existing will be available for installation at Honda Aircraft Company's authorised service centres around the globe, beginning in the US later this year.

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