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Honda moves from concept to Echelon, with 2026 first flight target
The HondaJet Echelon name signifies the company's visionary path for the next-generation business jet, elevating efficiency to new heights while also delivering premium comfort and convenience.
The new HondaJet Echelon.
Read this story in our November 2023 printed issue.

Honda Aircraft Company has revealed “HondaJet Echelon” as the official name of its new light jet, previously introduced as the HondaJet 2600 concept in 2021.

The name signifies the company's visionary path for the next-generation business jet, elevating efficiency to new heights while also delivering premium comfort and convenience. A mockup of the HondaJet Echelon will stand alongside the HondaJet Elite II at 2023 NBAA-BACE from October 17-19, marking the first time Honda Aircraft Company has presented both pillars of its product family side-by-side.

“The HondaJet Echelon was born to create a new category that transcends the travel experience on conventional light jets,” says Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO Hideto Yamasaki. “Expanding mobility skyward has been Honda's long-lasting dream, and the HondaJet Echelon marks the exciting next chapter while showcasing a classic Honda story of a product that creates new value for people.”

The HondaJet Echelon is intended to offer a mid-sized jet experience in the light jet category. The aircraft is designed to be the world's first single-pilot light jet capable of nonstop transcontinental flight across the United States. This offering targets a reduction in operating costs and creates an owner experience previously unattainable. Furthermore, the design of the HondaJet Echelon incorporates electrification and automation of its systems, leading towards augmented pilot capabilities, reduced workload and enhanced safety.

The design concept of the HondaJet Echelon revolves around elevating travel efficiency in every aspect to fulfill missions and offer an experience typically reserved for larger aircraft. The aircraft is set to deliver unmatched fuel efficiency through aerodynamic innovations to outperform conventional light jets on typical missions by up to 20% and mid-sized jets by over 40%. As a premium addition to the HondaJet family, the HondaJet Echelon will also feature a holistic focus on the cabin experience encompassing space, comfort and productivity.

On June 13, 2023, Honda Aircraft Company announced its decision to commercialise the HondaJet Echelon, along with the identification of key suppliers. The development of the HondaJet Echelon is well underway having completed several key milestones.

Installation of the first structural test rig was completed Q4 2021; successful exit of conceptual design and completion of aircraft Preliminary Design Review (PDR); the official power-on ceremony for the HondaJet Echelon's advanced systems integration test facility (ASITF) at the company's Greensboro, North Carolina world headquarters on August 30, 2023; and the detailed design of the aircraft is well underway, targeting an aircraft level Critical Design Review (CDR) summer 2024, with select long lead fabrication already in progress.

Production of the HondaJet Echelon will take place within the existing footprint of Honda Aircraft Company's facility at its global headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. Early build processes are scheduled to begin in 2024. The first flight is planned for 2026, followed by type certification anticipated in 2028.

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