In a significant development, Honda Aircraft Co has rolled out plans for a new light business jet that can fly non-stop across the United States. The development comes at a time when there is skyrocketing demand for private travel.
Honda Aircraft’s jet will have a seating capacity of up to 11 people and have up to 20% better fuel efficiency compared to peers in the same category.
Honda Aircraft unveiled the design of its private jet during the National Business Aviation Association show in Las Vegas.
Incidentally, it did not guarantee that the plane would be produced or offer a timeline for taking orders.
Honda Aircraft, a subsidiary of Japan’s Honda Motor Co Ltd, currently produces a six-seater HondaJet.
Honda’s plans come at a time when business aviation traffic is soaring above pre-pandemic levels, with some corporate jet operators having to refuse new clients.
The coronavirus-induced COVID-19 pandemic sees wealthy travelers wanting to travel in smaller groups since it is safer and more convenient than traveling commercial.