Composite Fuselage

Carbon Composite Fuselage

The HondaJet fuselage is made of a carbon-composite material that is both stronger and lighter than the aluminum used in most other aircraft. Our engineers developed a manufacturing technique that combines two types of structural styles, a honeycomb sandwich panel that can be shaped for laminar airflow, and a stiffened panel designed for lighter weight, less noise and future design flexibility.

Its carbon composite fuselage makes the HondaJet lighter, faster, and safer than similar sized aircraft. Additionally, the precise contour of carbon composite over aluminum allows for the natural laminar flow surface of the aircraft.

Fly Higher and More Efficiently

As altitude rises, air becomes thinner and air resistance decreases, which is why aircraft can fly faster at higher altitudes. The sturdy, lightweight carbon construction of the HondaJet lets it flies higher and faster, all while burning less fuel.

Flying at high altitudes also allows passengers to avoid turbulence from bad weather or jet streams, making for a safer, smoother flight.

Lightweight and High Strength

Carbon composite construction brings several indirect benefits. At higher altitudes, air becomes thinner while air pressure drops, making it necessary to preserve passenger comfort by using a sealed bulkhead and increasing cabin air pressure.

An aircraft must increase pressure outward when air pressure is low, which means that the maximum operating altitude of the aircraft is determined by how much pressure the aircraft can withstand. Due to the relative strength of carbon composite over aluminum, the HondaJet is able to maintain a higher altitude than other aircraft in its class, and without sacrificing passenger comfort.