Honda Motor Co., conducted the first public test flight of its experimental small jet plane as the company considers whether to enter the aircraft business.
Honda began tests of the plane, which carries as many as six people, in December 2003. The HondaJet cruises 10 percent faster, has a cabin that is 30 percent larger and has a range that is about 40 percent greater on 14 percent less thrust than Textron Inc.'s Cessna CJI+.
The plane can cruise at 420 knots at 30,000 feet, and can fly as high as 41,000 feet. The jet has aluminum wings, a fuselage made of composite plastics, and two Honda HF118 turbofan jet engines, mounted above its wings.
The automaker has no current plan to ask the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to certify the HondaJet for sale to the public.
Honda in October formed a joint venture with General Electric Co., the world's biggest jet-engine maker, to market the engines used on the HondaJet.