Honda's First Production Jet Takes An 84-Minute Flight

Honda is set to expand its current business beyond automobiles, motorcycles and power equipment with the launch of its new HondaJet aircraft.

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Honda is set to expand its current business beyond automobiles, motorcycles and power equipment with the launch of its new HondaJet aircraft. Honda has announced that the first production HondaJet has successfully completed its initial flight.
The event took place in Greensboro, North Carolina. The first production aircraft lifted off from the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) at 10:18 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During the 84-minute flight, the aircraft climbed to 15,500 feet and reached a speed of 348 knots, which equates to 400 miles per hour.

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The HondaJet flies at a maximum cruise speed of 420 knots (483 mph) and has a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet. The aircraft seats up to five passengers and can travel up to 1,180 nautical miles (1,357 miles). Honda plans on putting the first HondaJets into service next year.

Source: Honda