The first production HondaJet light business jet was presented to the world for the first time on Monday as Honda Aircraft Company president & CEO Michimasa Fujino greeted fans and signed autographs to celebrate the event.
EAA AirVenture has been the scene of several firsts for the HondaJet: The proof of concept debuted there in 2005, followed last year by the first showing and flying display of a flight test aircraft.
“We decided to debut the first production HondaJet here as part of Honda’s commitment to inspire others through the power and realization of our dreams,” said Fujino. He himself is a prime example, having worked on developing the HondaJet since 1986.
Certification is expected in the first quarter next year, followed by immediate deliveries of the $4.5 million, up-to-seven-seat aircraft.
Five aircraft plus the proof-of-concept have taken to the skies, and 10 more are in final assembly at the Honda Aircraft plant in Greensboro, North Carolina, which already has 1,000 employees.
Plans call for 50 aircraft to be delivered in its first year of production, rising to 80 in the following year.