We may mention Honda around here mostly for its cars, but the Japanese industrial giant makes a whole lot more than that. The company builds motorcycles, ATVs, marine engines, power equipment and – soon enough – jet airplanes.

Honda has been working on its first private jet since before 2006, and after a good eight years or so of prototype testing, began building its first production version a bit over a year ago. And now it's almost ready for delivery.

The first production HondaJet is nearing completion and has had its GE Honda HF120 jet engines installed, after which it will conduct initial ground tests before taking its first flight this summer. The jet is painted in a new shade of pearl green with a gold stripe, added to the color catalog alongside the silver, red, yellow and blue options.

Honda Aircraft has 1,000 employees already working on eight more jets in various stages of production, set to be completed and delivered right after the plane achieves FAA type certification next year.
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FIRST PRODUCTION HONDAJET AIRCRAFT NEARS COMPLETION

- Certification and flight testing continue
- First production aircraft in final assembly
- New paint choice added to the line-up
- Continued growth with workforce exceeding 1,000

Honda Aircraft Company held a press conference today at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland to annouce several achievements and milestones in the development of the HondaJet.

"Honda Aircraft Company's most important goalsare achieving Federal Aviation Administration Type Certification and delivering the first customer aircraft," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "Our total effort is focused on reaching thesemuch anticipated milestonesin the first quarter of 2015."

As certification and flight testing continues, the first production HondaJet is in final assembly with the first set of production GE Honda HF120 engines installed. Following engine installation, Honda Aircraft will conduct ground tests on the aircraft with its first flight anticipated this summer.

Production moves forward with nine aircrafts already on the assembly line. This steady build up supports Honda Aircraft Company's objective to have aircraft ready for delivery immediately after type certification is achieved next year.

The first production aircraft to come off the assembly line will debut a new exterior paint scheme of deep pearl green with a gold stripe. The new color will be offered in addition to silver, red, yellow and blue exterior finishes.

In addition to preparing the aircraft themselves, Honda Aircraft is putting significant effort and investment into flight and maintenance training for customers. Working with FlightSafety International, Honda Aircraft is currently developing pilot and maintenance training curriculums with classes scheduled to begin later this year in the U.S.

"Honda Aircraft Company, along with our worldwide network of dealers and suppliers, are working together to support the seamless transition to customers," said Fujino. "Our goal is to have everything ready before the first delivery. We are committed through our network to deliver the best ownership experience from day one."

Moreover, Honda Aircraft's 1,000th member of the workforce team member joined the company this year. The company's growing workforce represent more than 43 countries and represents the aviation industry's top talent.


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      Achaa Banda
      • 7 Months Ago
      Firs the Honda Asimo Robot, which was a first for a car company to make a Humanoid Robot and now a Corporate Jet, another first for any car company. Nice job over all. The Jet looks good, specially the Engine mounted over the wings will isolated the Engine noise from the Cabin, the most common issue with small corporate jets.
      Achaa Banda
      • 7 Months Ago
      OVer all seems very good. One suggestion would be to improve the seat design. The only thing I find potentially problematic and could be easily resolved are seat's crooked angle. Those seats do not look comfortable from the feet angle. You have to keep your leg at an odd angle. or sit side ways, and put both feet in the walking aisle. Honda needs to correct this seating angle issue, or it could potentially harm their sales. The executive or Basket ball players, Celebrities that buy such Personal Jets want Comfort above everything else, and sitting sideways is a big compromise on comfort.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 7 Months Ago
      These bad boys are pretty expensive. At least a million.
        Gator
        • 7 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        wish it was a million, that would be a bargain.
      mbukukanyau
      • 7 Months Ago
      This thing is already way behind technologically. Boeing already has Active Wing-Shaping Flight Control deployed on the Dreamliner.
        Daniel D
        • 7 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        A Dreamliner? They are a tad different in size and purpose.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau
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        AGSHOP
        • 7 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        A dreamliner is 288 million for one unit. This is 3 million. you are stooopiid
      gatoman39
      • 7 Months Ago
      Stop this **** and build cars. Yes: NSX, S2000, Integra No: Crosstour, Ridgeline, Everything from Acura
        Willy
        • 7 Months Ago
        @gatoman39
        And lawn mowers and trimmers? Portable generators? Scooters? Robots?
        bK
        • 7 Months Ago
        @gatoman39
        Stop this **** and build robots!
      carguy1701
      • 7 Months Ago
      Yet Aaronm_mt swore that a few were already in customer hands. Moron. Are they going to delay certification testing again? They've already delayed it, what, twice now?
        • 7 Months Ago
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          carguy1701
          • 7 Months Ago
          Yes, you did. I remember it pretty well. But hey, I realize facts are like poison to your kind, so its understandable.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
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      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 7 Months Ago
      If GM were to build a Jet, it would result in casualties and recalls. Never mind, GM isn't technologically advance to build a jet....
      404 not found
      • 7 Months Ago
      I remember the GM commercial making fun of Honda for making lawn mowers. Honda has the last laugh now.
        Quest
        • 7 Months Ago
        @404 not found
        Shudder the thought that GM would contemplate competing in this area...
          carguy1701
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Quest
          They have, indirectly. There are a few LSx powered planes flying the skies (obviously not approved by GM).
        mbukukanyau
        • 7 Months Ago
        @404 not found
        What do you mean, GM has autonomous working robots in space. Robonaut Plus was a partner with
        • 7 Months Ago
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      Brent Malesich
      • 7 Months Ago
      Since it's a Honda, I assume it will be taxiing for takeoff going 10 under the limit with it's left blinker on.
      ThatsHowIRoll
      • 7 Months Ago
      I wonder if people will paint them rattle can black, tack on huge spoilers, add exhaust outlets the size of oil drums, and cover them with stickers and fake vents like they do to the cars?
        atc98092
        • 7 Months Ago
        @ThatsHowIRoll
        Oh come on people, that's funny!
        IBx27
        • 7 Months Ago
        @ThatsHowIRoll
        They already have wings and barrel-sized exhaust nozzles.
      Joey Franklin
      • 7 Months Ago
      Doesn't look like much room for strippers or a pole. If i'm buying a private jet there are just certain must haves...
      • 7 Months Ago
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