Honda is a leader in the automotive, motorsport, power equipment and racing worlds, but the one category it has been absent from up until a few years ago was aviation. Company’s Hondajet has been in development for roughly a decade and half. The project was launched in 1997 and first flight of a proof of concept HondaJet on 3 December 2003.
In 2011, HondaJet has been created, but not for commercial production. Last year, jet successfully completed its first flight in Greensboro, North Carolina, and since than company’s baby completes FAA certification testing.
Six HondaJets are on the production line currently and the first of them is nearing completion. Also, Honda Aircraft Company marked the opening of its state-of-the-art customer service facility on Oct. 17, 2013. The new facility is an expansion of Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. With this new facility’s addition, the Honda Aircraft campus totals more than 130 acres and more than 600,000 square feet.
Designed to carry up to six passengers, HondaJet has a 12.15-m (39.8-ft) wingspan and overall length of 12.7 m (41.6 ft). It also boasts a cruising speed of 778 km/h (483 mph, 420 knots) and a range of 2,593 km (1,611 mi, 1,400 nmi).