Honda Announces $56 Million Factory For New Jet


Honda has announced it will spend $56 million to build a new factory for its second business jet at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, the site of its original HondaJet factory. The company says it will employ 280 people with an average wage of $80,000 a year at the new facility, which will build the HondaJet 2600, which will seat up to 11 people and have a range of 2,625 nautical miles. The news came as Boom Supersonic got shovels in the ground at the same airport for the plant that will build its Overture supersonic airliner.

Boom announced Greensboro as its factory location last year and construction on the facility began Thursday. It’s more than an assembly line, however, and the “Overture Superfactory” campus will cover 62 acres. “This site will house the final assembly line, as well as test facility, and customer delivery center for Boom’s flagship supersonic airliner, Overture,” the company said. Both Honda and Boom will get incentives from local and state governments to sweeten the deals. “Our economy is taking flight with a talented workforce and strong infrastructure ready for these new, good-paying jobs in innovation and aerospace,” said Gov. Roy Cooper.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. I wonder if that $80,000 average wage takes executive salaries into consideration. Is inflation so rampant that the average assembler needs that much money just to survive?

    • Yes, I’d much rather ride on an aircraft that was manufactured by workers that were paid minimum wage.

    • I just did a quick Indeed check on the Textron plant in Wichita. Average salary at the non-executive/non-senior management level averages around $75K. That’s a combination of everything from janitor to customer service/HR to engineering/manufacturing to logistics, sales, and marketing jobs. I’m not sure what your idea of a salary range average should be for a team putting together and supporting a jet you’d fly your family in. But I know it would not be neither my position nor my place to question the money the machinist tech is making assembling the wings.

    • Who works a job as a technically trained person “just to survive”? Is that what you do? No aspirations to own a home and to live a comfortable life? Wow, what a remark. I’d like my airplanes to build by persons who take pride in their work and have a reason to go to work.