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HondaJet Debuts in Central Europe

 - April 23, 2018, 12:07 PM
Polish operator Jet Story will manage the first Honda Aircraft HA-420 HondaJet to be delivered to a customer in Central Europe. The new twinjet will be available for charter in Europe, the UK, Russia, and Scandinavia. (Photo: Honda Aircraft)

Honda Aircraft and its dealer HondaJet Central Europe celebrated the entry-into-service of the first HondaJets in the region, debuting the aircraft in a recent ceremony at Chopin-Warsaw Airport. Polish operator Jet Story will manage the aircraft, which will be available for charter in Europe, the UK, Russia, and Scandinavia.

The aircraft, delivered last month, was ceremonially presented to Tadeusz Dorda, CEO and founder of Polish vodka distiller Chopin Vodka, during its April 12 Central Europe debut. Also on hand for the ceremony were Satoru Takahashi, the Japanese ambassador to Poland; Simon Roads, senior division director of sales for Honda Aircraft; and Steven Shaknaitis, executive v-p for GE Honda Aero Engines.

Dorda called the aircraft a “game changer,” adding Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino “has not only abandoned the notion of what is considered conventional aviation, [but] he has [also] redefined the category. I have the same passion to elevate the spirits category.”

The HA-420 HondaJet was certified by the FAA in December 2015 and EASA validation followed in May 2016.