Honda Aircraft Company announced on Tuesday that it has begun deliveries of its new HondaJet Elite model. Honda introduced the Elite last May at a special hangar event ahead of the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. The Elite adds noise-attenuating structures for the engines, upgrades to the avionics, including automatic stability functions, and an additional 200-NM range to the original HondaJet.
“This milestone showcases Honda Aircraft’s steadfast commitment to setting new standards in business aviation and enthusiasm for remaining at the forefront of an evolving industry,” said Honda Aircraft Company CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We are excited about the very positive worldwide reaction to the HondaJet Elite’s market entrance.”
According to Fujino, more than 10 HondaJet orders were placed in Japan following the company’s expansion into the region in June. Honda expects to receive type certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau in early 2019. Honda also announced that it has delivered 17 HondaJets to customers in the first half of 2018, which the company says makes it the most delivered aircraft in it its class.