First Production HondaJet Set To Fly This Summer

 - May 19, 2014, 2:05 PM

Progress on the HondaJet continues toward certification, which Honda Aircraft expects to receive in next year’s first quarter, the company said today at EBACE. The first production HondaJet–S/N 11–is now in final assembly in the company’s manufacturing facility in Greensboro, N.C.

The first set of GE Honda Aero Engines HF120 production turbofans, which were recently delivered to Honda Aircraft, are installed on S/N 11. This aircraft, which is slated to fly this summer, also sports a new exterior color scheme that Honda Aircraft describes as a “deep pearl green with a gold stripe.” Other exterior colors offered for the twinjet are blue, yellow, red and silver.

Nine HondaJets are under assembly, with four of them already mated to their wings and empennages. The company’s goal is to have the assembly line at full capacity (10 aircraft simultaneously) in June. The production build-up is in line with Honda Aircraft’s objective to have six airplanes ready for delivery immediately after aircraft type certificate is awarded.

Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujino expects 50 to 55 aircraft to be handed over in the first 12 months after deliveries begin. He said the goal is to maintain a two-year order backlog and that it will take three years to ramp up to the production facility’s capacity of 80 aircraft per year.