Honda Aircraft Company customers Julian and Kim MacQueen returned to their home in Pensacola, Florida, completing their “Around the World in 80 Stays” journey in their HondaJet, covering 28 different countries, the company said.
This marked the first around-the-world flight for HondaJet, demonstrating its capability, reliability and performance in a host of conditions around the globe. The trip covered 24,500 nautical miles (over 44,000 km), 44 airports and 80 flight hours.
Along the way, the MacQueens compiled an impressive list of achievements in their HondaJet. They set five speed records, including Pensacola, Florida to Greensboro, North Carolina; Keflavik, Iceland to Shannon, Ireland; Shannon, Ireland to Lisbon, Portugal; Ammon, Jordan to Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Khabarovsk, Russia to Anchorage, Alaska.
The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag.
Honda Aircraft is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft´s world headquarters is located in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation.