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Article from BTNews 20 APRIL 2015

HondaJet at EBACE

It is bound to be the star attraction at EBACE 19-21 May, Geneva International Airport.  The HondaJet will finally have arrived with the Swiss appearance the highlight of a world tour in which the six-passenger light jet will travel more than 26,000 nautical miles and visit more than 13 countries along its flight route. 

The HondaJet was first conceived in the late 1990s with a proof of concept prototype flying as long ago as 2003 and the first pre-production model taking to the air in December 2010. 

Honda Aircraft is planning a special demonstration tour with HondaJet dealers in Europe following EBACE.  Demonstration flights will be offered at a number of major cities in six countries including – Geneva (Switzerland); Farnborough and Birmingham (UK); Antwerp (Belgium); Paris (France); Munich, Hamburg and Moenchengladbach (Germany); and Warsaw (Poland). 

The HondaJet competes with the Cessna Citation M2, Eclipse 550 and Embraer Phenom.  It is claimed to offer the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory.  Honda says it is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient small jet.  It incorporates the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag.   London City Airport should be within its performance envelope.

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