On July 28th I wrote that “Honda’s new jet... a joke that's going to crash” Maybe I should eat my words? Apparently sales are soaring, and orders are coming in faster than expected. Thank God the jets are being manufactured in the USA (I don’t think I could stomach any more products being produced in China – it really got to me when my young son asked “Why do ALL my toys and games say ‘Made in China?’ ”
I wonder if the emergency air ambulance industry will start using the Honda Jet. Since the jet apparently has an over-the-wing engine mount (OTWEM) configuration that allows increased room in the cabin and cargo hold, this would allow for more adequate space for life support equipment, a stretcher and family members to accompany the patient.
Also, with increased performance and fuel efficiency, the Honda Jet should be good for a cruising speed of 420 knots with a range of up to 1180 nautical miles, according to Autoblog, all while returning 30-35 percent better fuel economy versus other jets of comparable performance (a huge savings for family members trying to evacuate injured or sick loved ones.)
An interesting marketing move that I bet Honda has not considered (just tell their marketing executives to call me; I have some great aero medical transport ideas).
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