Hondajet deliveries expected in 2012

World's largest motorcycle manufacturer takes to the skies

HONDA'S new luxury business jet aircraft - the Hondajet -  has successfully completed the first FAA-conforming flight, with delivery of the first aeroplanes expected in 2012.

The HondaJet lifted off yesterday, December 20, and remained aloft for 51 minutes, during which time the aircraft's flight characteristics and performance were analyzed and systems checks were conducted. Various test data gathered during the flight were transmitted real-time to Honda's flight test telemetry operations base within the company's world headquarters facility.

"This is a very important milestone for the HondaJet program," said Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO. "This aircraft was assembled and tested under strict FAA certification processes, and we are very pleased to have achieved this successful first flight. Our team has worked extremely hard to reach this critical step in the HondaJet program, and these results reflect Honda's focus and determination to develop a class-leading aircraft.

"We are very encouraged by our initial review of the flight data, which indicates the conforming HondaJet performed as expected. As we move forward, we will continue to focus all of our efforts and energy to deliver to our customers the most advanced light business jet yet created," said Fujino.

HondaJet Factfile:

Cost: $4.5 million
Top speed: 420 knots (483 mph)
Maximum altitude: 43,000 ft. (in flight testing)

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