Honda delivers first HondaJet Elite, says it has more than 10 orders from Japan
Honda Aircraft has delivered the first of its new $5.25 million HondaJet Elite business jets.
The aircraft, MSN 126 / N112HM, was delivered to an unidentified US customer.
It left Honda Aircraft’s Greensboro NC manufacturing facility on August 3, flying to John Glenn Columbus International Airport, OH.
“We are proud to announce that deliveries of the HondaJet Elite have begun,” said Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO, Honda Aircraft Company. “This milestone showcases Honda Aircraft’s steadfast commitment to setting new standards in business aviation and enthusiasm for remaining at the forefront of an evolving industry.”
Honda introduced the new HondaJet Elite during the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, held in Geneva, Switzerland.
As well as a 17% boost over the standard HondaJet’s range, the Elite includes redesigned engine inlets that help reduce the engine noise inside and outside the aircraft cabin, as well as a speaker-less sound system that resonates through the interior.
In the first half of 2018 the HondaJet was the most-delivered aircraft type in its class, with a total of 17 deliveries.
“As the HondaJet remains the most delivered very light jet, we would like to thank our customers for choosing the aircraft for its best-in-class attributes. We are looking forward to continuing to deliver the HondaJet and HondaJet Elite around the globe.” Said Fujino.
One of those regions around the world that Fujino would especially like to see the HondaJet in is his native Japan.
In June the company announced a partnership with local aerospace company Marubeni Corporation, which will act as the sales agent for the aircraft in Japan.
“We are excited about the very positive worldwide reaction to the HondaJet Elite’s market entrance and are pleased to announce that, most recently, more than 10 orders in Japan were placed following our expansion to the region in June. Deliveries in Japan will begin following receiving type certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau early next year,” said Mr Fujino.