Honda Aircraft signed a memorandum of understanding with French air taxi firm Wijet for 16 HA-420 HondaJets yesterday at the Singapore Airshow. The deal is worth approximately $80 million at list prices, making it the biggest aircraft contract yet for the aircraft manufacturer.
Wijet currently flies 15 Cessna Citation Mustangs and is also Air France’s exclusive partner for business aviation. Honda Aircraft will begin deliveries this quarter and the aircraft will eventually replace the Cessna Citations over the next 18 months. Wijet said it hopes to expand operations from 1,200 to 1,500 airports across Europe and North Africa with the HondaJet.
“There is no comparison to the HondaJet in its category,” said Wijet CEO Patrick Hersent. “For our customers we offer the best-of-the-best in terms of products and experience, while providing our partners with a safe and superior product at an affordable rate. The HondaJet does all of these things.”
According to Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujino, his company delivered 23 aircraft in 2016 and 43 last year, and was the best-selling aircraft in its category in first half of 2017. “We are producing four aircraft monthly in a steady state now, and are studying how to increase that to five,” he told AIN.