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March 2007 edition

Honda builds new plant to make fuel efficient HondaJet

Honda Aircraft Company will manufacture HondaJet at a new plant to be constructed adjacent to its global headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

First deliveries of HondaJet are scheduled for 2010, with Honda investing an initial U.S. $60 million in the new headquarters and further sums in building the HondaJet manufacturing facility.

Michimasa Fujino, president and ceo of Honda Aircraft Company, says all HondaJet research, product engineering, sales and marketing, and service support will be based at the new headquarters. Construction of the new facility, to include a 147,000 sq. ft. aircraft hangar and 68,000 sq. ft. of office space, is scheduled for completion by November.

It will replace the company's existing 32,000 square foot hangar and office complex. Fujino says: "HondaJet employs a number of innovative new technologies and design features, including an all-composite fuselage and a unique over-the-wing engine mount configuration."

Honda is targeting the light jet sector with its first ever commercial aircraft and says it wants to deliver 30 to 35 per cent better cruising fuel efficiency than its rivals. "We aim to provide a class-topping cruise speed of 420 knots (450 mph) and a more spacious cabin with room for up to eight people," says Fujino.

HondaJet is being targeted at owner pilots, corporate travel operators and air taxi companies. 

All major assembly and testing of the prototype HondaJet has been conducted at the existing Greensboro facility, which ....

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