July 26, 2006

Honda to sell jets in the U.S.

HondaJet, which made its debut at AirVenture in 2005, could go on sale as early as fall 2006
HondaJet. Click image to enlarge

Oshkosh, Wisconsin – Honda has announced plans to enter its HondaJet in the growing very light jet market, and expects to accept sales orders in the U.S. in Fall 2006. The company is working toward FAA type and production certification in about three to four years, followed by the start of production in the U.S. The company made the announcement at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture 2006 aviation event.

Honda also revealed plans to form a business alliance with Piper Aircraft, Inc., to collaborate on sales and service, and to explore opportunities in engineering.

“Aviation has been an important dream of Honda for more than four decades,” says Satoshi Toshida, Senior Managing Director of Honda Motor Co. Ltd. “Our goal is consistent with the philosophy of other Honda products – to provide convenient and efficient transportation that will make people’s lives better. We are excited now to enter a new dimension of mobility.”

HondaJet, which made its world public debut at AirVenture in 2005, features several innovations that help it achieve far better fuel efficiency, larger cabin and luggage space, and higher cruise speed than conventional aircraft in its class. Key innovations include a patented over-the-wing engine-mount configuration, a natural-laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and advanced all-composite fuselage structure. The jet has been in development since 1986, and to date has completed more than 240 hours of flight-testing since December 2003.

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