HondaJet on Track for 2011 Deliveries

 - October 21, 2009, 10:43 AM

The $3.9 million HondaJet appears to be on track for certification and first deliveries in late 2011, with the first conforming airframe expected to fly early next year, Honda Aircraft said yesterday at the NBAA Convention. The company also announced that the HondaJet flight deck has been upgraded from a Honda-edition Garmin G1000 to a Honda-defined version of the new touchscreen Garmin G3000. Honda’s long-term relationship with Garmin began in 2000, when the HondaJet was selected as the first platform to fly the G1000. “We kept word of the G3000 secret for a long time as we worked with Garmin to define the unit and announce at this show,” Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino told AIN. “We will offer the aircraft at the same price with the new avionics as the old. We may possibly revise the price at some point, but for now we are trying to keep the most affordable price for the customer.” Addressing Honda’s decision this spring to delay the HondaJet program by a year due to supplier problems, Fujino said, “The diversity of the parts suppliers is one of our most difficult challenges.”