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Honda Reaches New Heights with the HondaJet

The Japanese company is known mainly for its automobiles, but now, after the first Honda light jet has been delivered, the carmaker is ready to conquer the sky as well.
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After receiving the type certification from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on December 8, Honda delivered the first HondaJet at its world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, earlier this week.

Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino stated, “We are very excited to commence deliveries of the HondaJet, fulfilling Honda’s commitment to advancing human mobility through innovation,“ and after this first delivery “Honda has now extended this commitment skyward...and soon we will begin to see many HondaJets at airports around the world.

The aircraft will be available for purchase in North and South America as well as Europe, where Honda Aircraft has already established a dealer network in 11 territories. Apart from these, the company built a 90,000 square-foot customer service facility in Greensboro, where complex operations such as heavy maintenance, repair or overhaul will be carried away.

Before delivery, Honda Aircraft Company, together with the FAA, conducted rigorous ground and flight tests, carried out at more than 70 locations across the US.

According to the Japanese company, the HondaJet is the fastest (with a maximum velocity of 483mph), quietest, highest-flying, most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class, as well as the world’s most advanced light jet.

The airplane is full of technical innovations, including natural-laminar flow wing, composite fuselage or the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) that improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag, reduces cabin sound, and minimizes ground-detected noise.

Honda’s first commercial aircraft has the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, a fully serviceable private aft lavatory, and the most sophisticated glass flight deck, a Garmin G3000 customized by Honda.

The company, founded in 2006, is a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and its primary purpose is to advance human mobility skyward.

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