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HondaJet has officially unveiled its all-new $7 million private plane — see inside the Elite II

HondaJet Elite II.
Honda Aircraft Company
  • Private jet manufacturer HondaJet has unveiled its new business aircraft — the $7 million Elite II.

  • The plane will fly up to 485 miles per hour, becoming the fastest private jet in its class once it enters service.

  • The Elite II has new options for customers like reimagined cabin designs and a special all-black livery.

At the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Switzerland on Monday, the Honda Aircraft Company officially debuted the next in its series of small business jets — the $7 million Elite II.

HondaJet Elite II in white livery.
HondaJet Elite II.HondaJet

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

According to the manufacturer, the new model will replace the Elite S, as well as the original Elite and HondaJet, meaning customers can only buy the Elite II.

The special colors the HondaJet Elite S could be ordered in.
The company has supported the expansion with a new authorized service center and training facility in Europe.Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

Since its debut, the global HondaJet fleet has reached 230 planes — 20 of which are in Europe — and has flown over 170,000 flight hours.

Production of the HondaJet Elite.
Production of the HondaJet Elite.Gerry Broome/AP

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

The aircraft has already received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, the company confirmed to Insider.

HondaJet Elite II.
Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

The new jet was first announced at the 2022 National Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in October.

HondaJet Elite II.
ZLEA

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

The manufacturer has already solidified a 25-strong order from private charter company Volato in a deal worth $174 million. The company said it expects to receive all of the planes by the end of 2025.

HondaJet Elite II.
HondaJet Aircraft Company

Source: Volato

Volato is a startup private charter company that only launched revenue operations in August 2021. Customers can choose to be fractional owners of one of its planes or pay for a one-off charter.

Volato HondaJet Elite — HondaJet Elite Demonstration Flight 2021
A Volato HondaJet Elite.Thomas Pallini/Insider

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

The company is already a big customer for the manufacturer with 17 HondaJet planes currently in its fleet, meaning it'll operate over 40 once deliveries of the new jet are complete.

Volato HondaJet Elite — HondaJet Elite Demonstration Flight 2021
Volato's current HondaJet rates start at $4,000.Thomas Pallini/Insider

Source: Flying Magazine, I flew on Honda's $5 million private jet that seats 4 — see inside Volato's HondaJet

Since its launch, the operator has grown with more aircraft and bases and has become a popular private charter option for deep-pocket travelers.

Volato HondaJet Elite — HondaJet Elite Demonstration Flight 2021
A Volato HondaJet Elite.Thomas Pallini/Insider

"This new order will allow us to meet the growing demand for private air travel customers who are looking for the most efficient and most luxurious cabin in the very light jet class," Volato CEO Matt Liotta said in a May press release.

Flying on Volato's $5 million HondaJet.
Flying on Volato's $5 million HondaJet.Taylor Rains/Insider

Source: Volato

Given the already high demand, the company is going to need its upcoming Elite IIs. Here's what the plane will look like.

HondaJet Elite II.
Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Private Jet Card Comparisons

Like Volato's current fleet of HondaJets, the Elite II can seat up to five passengers and two pilots, with two sets of swiveling loungers and stowable tables in the main cabin…

HondaJet Elite II.
Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

…and a single seat facing the door. However, this seat can be replaced with a small galley, according to HondaJet.

Flying on Volato's $5 million HondaJet.
The extra seat on Volato's current HondaJet Elite S.Taylor Rains/Insider

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

However, with a range of 1,547 nautical miles (1,780 miles), the Elite II can journey 110 nautical miles (126 miles) further than its Elite S predecessor, which has a range of 1,437 nautical miles (1,654 miles).

HondaJet Elite II.
Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

In fact, when the jet enters service, it will be the fastest, highest, and longest-ranged private aircraft in its class with a maximum speed of 485 miles per hour and a cruising altitude of up to 43,000 feet.

Volato HondaJet Elite — HondaJet Elite Demonstration Flight 2021
A Volato HondaJet Elite.Thomas Pallini/Insider

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

According to Liotta, the plane will open more nonstop flights along the popular Northeast-Florida corridor, giving customers added route flexibility.

Mainnet 2022 New York City
Alexander Spatari/Getty Images

Source: Forbes

Moreover, the Elite II's improved efficiency will reduce fuel consumption by an average of 8,000 gallons per year, which can be attributed, in part, to its two GE Honda Aero HF120 engines.

Volato HondaJet Elite — HondaJet Elite Demonstration Flight 2021
A Volato HondaJet Elite.Thomas Pallini/Insider

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

Like its predecessors, the design attaches the engines to the wings rather than the fuselage, reducing noise.

Volato HondaJet Elite — HondaJet Elite Demonstration Flight 2021
A Volato HondaJet Elite.Thomas Pallini/Insider

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

Moreover, it allows for more space in the aft luggage compartment because the engines do not create an indent in the fuselage, according to the company.

Volato HondaJet Elite — HondaJet Elite Demonstration Flight 2021
A Volato HondaJet Elite storage compartment.Thomas Pallini/Insider

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

While current HondaJets are commonly seen with grey or red paint jobs, the new Elite II can be wrapped in a bold new black livery, which "further differentiates the ramp appeal of the aircraft."

HondaJet Elite II.
Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

On the inside, the Elite II has been upgraded with two new design options: onyx and steel. Onyx features a beige color scheme with wood accents…

HondaJet Elite II onyx.
HondaJet Elite II onyx.Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

…while steel features a grey color scheme with marble accents. HondaJet said the reimagined looks offer a "modern luxury of flight experience" and creates a "tranquil space for both passengers and pilots."

HondaJet Elite II steel.
HondaJet Elite II steel.Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

Behind that is an enclosed lavatory with a toilet and sink, which is separated from the main cabin by a sliding door.

HondaJet Elite II lavatory.
HondaJet Elite II lavatory.Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

Other amenities include cupholders, power ports, huge windows, multi-color LED lights, and ground lighting added to the entry door.

HondaJet Elite II steel.
HondaJet Elite II steel.Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

In the cockpit, sheepskin covers are available for the pilot seats, as well as an optional configuration that offers three more inches of legroom and an extended seat track.

HondaJet Elite II cockpit.
HondaJet Elite II cockpit.Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

Meanwhile, HondaJet plans to introduce two new flight deck systems, like auto throttle and emergency autoland, on the Elite II by the end of 2023.

HondaJet Elite II cockpit.
HondaJet Elite II cockpit.Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

The company said this effort will improve the company through "automation, augmentation, and situational awareness technologies" that will "enhance operational safety and reduce pilot workload."

HondaJet Elite II cockpit.
HondaJet Elite II cockpit.Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

“The HondaJet Elite II once again pushes the boundaries of its category on all fronts of performance, comfort, and style,” Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO Hideto Yamasaki said.

HondaJet Elite II.
HondaJet Elite II.Honda Aircraft Company

Source: Honda Aircraft Company

In addition to the Elite II, the company is also producing the larger HondaJet 2600, which will be the world's first light aircraft that can journey coast-to-coast nonstop.

HondaJet 2600
HondaJet 2600.Honda Aircraft Company

Honda revealed its concept for the world's first light aircraft capable of nonstop transcontinental travel across the US — meet HondaJet 2600

The plane will be able to carry up to 10 passengers and have loungers that transform into a bed.

HondaJet 2600
HondaJet 2600.Honda Aircraft Company

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