The Honda Aircraft Company, based in Greensboro, NC, was launched in 2006 after two decades of research and development of Honda’s first jet aircraft, and it is a subsidiary of the Honda Motor Co., Ltd. The HondaJet aircraft was officially announced in July of 2006 and it has already received 130 aircraft orders; as of October 2006.
The HondaJet aircraft utilizes its own jet engines that were developed by their joint venture company with General Electric named GE Honda Aero Engines LLC. These small jet engines deliver a powerful 1,880 lbs of thrust per engine; which is 200 lbs more thrust per engine than other jet aircraft their very light jet class. The Honda business jet engines, GE-Honda HF118 turbofan, are mounted on top of the wings and are raised; an unusual approach to jet aircraft design. The Honda business jet features a composite fuselage and an aluminum wing design for the rest of the Honda airplane.
This Honda corporate jet has an impressive cabin design and the largest cargo space in its class at 57 cubic feet. The Honda jet aircraft will definitely be in the high-end of the very light jet market with a hondajet price tag of $3.65 M, but it will provide the luxury features and fuel efficiency that distinguishes the Honda corporation in other markets.
The Honda Aircraft Company is expected to start delivery of the new Honda Jet (HondaJet) by 2010.