Honda Aircraft Reveals Certification Plan for HondaJet 2600 Concept

The manufacturer aims for approval in 2028, with entry into service that year.

The HondaJet 2600 light jet is projected to make a 2,625 nm range, with a maximum cruise speed of 450 ktas. [Courtesy: Honda Aircraft Company]

In a follow-up to the introduction of the HondaJet 2600 concept at the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Conference and Expo in October 2021, Honda Aircraft Co. has made its next move in bringing a new model into its lineup.

On Tuesday, the OEM revealed that development continues on the project, with its official “commercialization” or plan to pursue type certification on the clean-sheet light jet. Intended to be a midsize jet in a light jet’s body, the HondaJet 2600 is aimed at a 2,625 nm range (four passengers and one pilot, NBAA IFR) and 450 ktas maximum cruise speed—but at 20 percent better fuel efficiency than other light jets, and a 40 percent improvement over midsize models. 

The company targets FAA type certification in 2028, with entry into service as a single-pilot-operated platform. Up to 11 people can be seated on board, with the option for nine or 10 passengers depending on crew requirements.

“The commercialization of our new light jet represents Honda’s next chapter of skyward mobility, which further expands the potential of people’s lives,” said Hideto Yamasaki, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft. “By building on the expertise behind our technological innovations, we will accelerate the development of the program with sustainability a key element throughout.”

Supply partners include Garmin, for the G3000 integrated flight deck, Williams International and its FJ44-4C engines, Spirit AeroSystems providing the fuselage, and Aernnova for other aerostructures and components. Fabrication of the first airframe is underway as Honda Aircraft completes initial engineering on the program.

On June 13 and 14,  Honda Aircraft will be hosting a supplier conference at its global headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, for those involved in the HondaJet 2600 program.



Williams International FJ44-4C
AvionicsGarmin G3000

1 crew + 10 pax
2 crew + 9 pax

NBAA IFR Range (1 crew + 4 pax)*
2,625 nm

Max. Cruise Speed*

450 ktas

Max. Cruise Altitude*

* Target performance
Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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