HondaJet 2600 light business jet

Honda Aircraft Confirms Launch of HondaJet 2600

The light jet is set to achieve certification in 2028.

Honda Aircraft is moving ahead with plans to “commercialize” the HondaJet 2600 concept light jet that it unveiled in 2021. Certification is planned for 2028.

The last design before former Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino retired in March 2022, the 2600 promises midsize jet comfort for 11 occupants, speed, and range in a light jet airframe.

The cabin will offer various seating configurations, including two double clubs or a single club seating area and a divan across from two seats. A full-height galley is up front (a smaller galley goes with the single club and divan configurations) and in the back, an enclosed lavatory is larger than the HA-420’s. Adding more light to the cabin are four round skylights (two in the main cabin and two in the lavatory). Honda Aircraft engineers have designed a special mattress that covers two seats for a lie-flat bed, eliminating the need to fold seats down to create a sleep surface.

HondaJet 2600 Concept bed
There is no need to fold seats flat in the HondaJet 2600 as a specially designed mattress fits across two seats. (Photo: Matt Thurber/AIN)

According to Honda Aircraft, the 2600 will offer 20 percent better fuel efficiency compared with typical light jets, and more than 40 percent better fuel efficiency than medium-sized jets during a "typical" mission.