Greensboro, North Carolina-based Honda Aircraft Company announced it has started delivering the upgraded version of its light twinjet, the HondaJet Elite. The company announced the modifications earlier this year and is replacing the inaugural HA-420 model with the Elite version.
Upgrades include an increase in the range to 1,437 nm, modifications to the flight planning features of the Garmin G3000 avionics and the addition of angle of attack, stability protection, coupled go-around technology and underspeed protection.
Cosmetic improvements have been made in the cabin and with the addition of more paint options. The cabin now includes an optional full-service galley, Wifi and a built in audio system with hidden speakers.
Honda Aircraft has seen great success with its twinjet, rising to the top of the heap in its category when it comes to deliveries at the beginning of this year. 17 HondaJets were delivered in the first half.
Honda Aircraft has also incorporated 16 sales representatives domestically and internationally. Earlier this year, the company opened a sales office in Japan, the home of parent company Honda. The investment has paid off with recent Japanese order for 10 HondaJet Elites in Japan. However, before those airplanes can be delivered, the HondaJet needs to achieve Japanese certification, something the company expects early next year, said Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft’s president and CEO.