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Inside Honda's striking $5 million business jet

The HondaJet was far from the biggest or most glamorous aircraft at the Paris Air Show, but its sleek lines and eye-catching engines are worth a close look. Hop aboard.

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Parked in a far corner of Le Bourget Airport was one of the more interesting aircraft at the Paris Air Show. Priced at a cool $4.85 million (about £3.8 million or AU$6.4 million), the HondaJet promises a smooth ride in the sky for about what you'd pay for a house in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The HondaJet first flew in 2003. The first delivery landed with customers last year.

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A signature feature of the HondaJet is the two engines that are mounted above the wings. Honda says the placement reduces aerodynamic drag, improving fuel efficiency and making for a quieter ride.

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The engines look just as distinctive from the back. The two baggage compartments (one aft, as seen here, and another in the nose) have a total of 66 cubic feet of space.

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The engines, winglets and T-shaped tail give the HondaJet a distinctive appearance. 

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The air conditioning unit attached via the orange hose was working hard to combat a scorching day in Paris.

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The long, pointed nose is another of the HondaJet's signature features. The airplane almost looks like a bird of prey from this angle.

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Access to the cabin is through a door that swings down. Steps in the door give you a boost.

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The cockpit is far from cluttered, with LCD screens taking up much of the space. Pilots maneuver the HondaJet with control columns.

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The cabin can fit five passengers. Two seats face forward and two other seats face the rear. The seats are adjustable, and you can fit a writing table between them. A fifth seat faces the door.

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In the back, there's even a toilet and a washbasin behind a sliding door.

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This is definitely one airplane on which I'd like to hitch a ride.

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