HondaJet Hits a Number of Milestones

Company plans new Greensboro production facility.

HondaJet Elites lined up
Nearly a dozen and a half HondaJet Elites were delivered in the first half of 2019.Honda Aircraft

Greensboro, North Carolina-based Honda Aircraft Company says 17 customers received a new HondaJet Elite during the first half of this year, making it the most delivered light jet, according to data from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The HondaJet Elite incorporates Honda Aircraft's technological innovations, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) nose and wing and composite fuselage. The HondaJet fleet is currently comprised of more than 130 aircraft around the globe.

The HondaJet Elite received type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China(CAAC) this month. The regular HondaJet also became the first light jet to enter service in Hawaii when two Elites arrived at Wing Spirit, a newly-established charter services company with a fleet of 15 HondaJets. Additionally, Honda Aircraft broke ground on a new $15.5 million, 83,000-square-foot production facility to increase production efficiency in Greensboro.

"Maintaining our position as the most delivered aircraft in our class is a reflection of our team's dedication to the design, service and efficient production of the most competitive very light jet," said Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company.