Honda Aircraft shared a series of updates and announcements at EBACE 2017. To reinforce sales in South America and begin sales in Southeast Asia, the company has appointed Hangar Uno as HondaJet Argentina and Thai Aerospace Services (TAS) as HondaJet Southeast Asia, respectively. Meanwhile FlyHonda, a new fractional ownership company, has placed multiple aircraft orders. HondaJet also announced it ended the first quarter of 2017 with 15 aircraft deliveries.
Buenos Aires-based Hangar Uno, now HondaJet Argentina, will act as a sales and service dealer for Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. As HondaJet Southeast Asia, Bangkok-based TAS will provide sales, service and support for HondaJet customers in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam.
“Thai Aerospace Services is honored to be selected as a partner to sell and support the HondaJet in Southeast Asia," said TAS CEO and managing director Kasabol Bowonsrikan. "With Bangkok’s central location among the ASEAN countries and proximity to major international hubs like Hong Kong, the range of the HondaJet extends to every destination in the region.”
At the same time, Honda Aircraft announced that it received multiple aircraft orders for the new hybrid fractional-share program FlyHonda, which allows share owners either to fly their jet or travel as passengers. Based in the Isle of Man, FlyHonda joins two other HondaJet operators in Europe. The first, Privateways, is a jet charter company in Germany that launched in April. European Aero Training Institute Strasbourg, based in France, is set to launch charter services under an air operator certificate this summer.
As AIN reported in April, Honda Aircraft recently set a speed record when a HondaJet flew 1,040 nm from Miami to Panama City in three hours and seven minutes to reach Aero Expo Panamá Pacífico. The average headwind was 35 knots and the aircraft climbed to 43,000 feet.