Honda Plans To Build 100 HondaJets Per Year
Honda Aircraft plans to ramp up to an annual build rate of 100 HondaJets within two years of starting its production line, company CEO Michimasa Fujino said today at the NBAA Convention. Fujino also announced that the company had signed a master training service agreement with FlightSafety International to provide HondaJet pilot training. In addition, he told of plans for a regional dealer and service network; a redesigned cabin, lavatory and cockpit for the aircraft’s interior; and additional colors for the exterior. Fujino said that orders for the aircraft stood at “more than 100,” but declined to be more specific other than saying the aircraft was currently for sale only in the U.S. Honda said HondaJet development is proceeding on schedule toward a first flight of a conforming aircraft in 2009 and certification in 2010. Honda also plans to launch its first dealership in Tallahassee, Fla., with other dealerships to be announced next year.