First HondaJet Elite Delivered

 - August 8, 2018, 12:25 PM
The first HondaJet Elite was delivered on August 7 from Honda Aircraft's Greensboro, North Carolina headquarters. Launch customer for N112HM was an undisclosed customer. (Photo: Honda Aircraft)

Honda Aircraft has begun deliveries of the new HondaJet Elite, the Greensboro, North Carolina based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. The twinjet, registered as N112HM, was delivered to an undisclosed customer in the U.S.

Unveiled in May at EBACE, the Elite expands the light jet’s performance envelope while adding interior improvements and significant updates to the Garmin G3000-based flight deck. So far, the new model has been certified by the FAA and EASA.

“We are proud to announce that deliveries of the HondaJet Elite have begun,” said Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We are excited about the very positive worldwide reaction to the HondaJet Elite’s market entrance and are pleased to announce that, most recently, more than 10 orders in Japan were placed following our expansion to the region in June. Deliveries in Japan will begin following receiving type certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau early next year.”

Meanwhile, the company said it handed over 17 HondaJets to customers in the first six months, down from 24 in the same period last year.