The Honda Aircraft Company announced that its all-new HondaJet Elite executive jet has received type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Flying magazine reported.
According to the Robb Report, the original twin-turbofan HondaJet sold well, with some 85 delivered since 2015.
The unique placement of the engines on pylons sprouting up from the wings and the streamlined, dolphin-like shape of the nose make it instantly recognizable.
Changes to the inlets of the Honda/General Electric turbofans have made it less noisy for those lounging in the two-tone leather luxury of the Elite’s cabin, the Robb Report said.
And optional extra protection against mishandling, built into the faster and more capable avionics system, makes it safer when cruising at a top speed of roughly 486 mph.
Other improvements for the Elite include shorter takeoff and landing distances and a range increase of 17%, which now allows a maximum single-hop distance of 1,437 nautical miles — plenty of distance to get you to your domestic destination in one go or with one refueling.
In the past decade, demand for private jets experienced “explosive growth” in China along with the country’s economic boom, which gave birth to a group of wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs whose personal assets have exceeded US$1 billion, Global Times reported.
According to a report issued by the research institute Hurun Report, a total of 114 Chinese entrepreneurs have purchased 164 private jets as of the end of 2017, up 35 from 2016.
Among the list revealed by Hurun, Chinese tycoons including Wang Jianlin, Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma Yun, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing and Tencent’s founder Pony Ma Huateng all own business aircraft.