After a long gestation, Honda's first-ever business jet is almost ready to take wing.
The first production HA-420 HondaJet is nearing completion at the company's assembly line in North Carolina, USA, while work is already well underway on the aircraft's Federal Aviation Administration Type Certification.
Costing roughly $4 million, the Hondajet is powered by a pair of GE/Honda HF120 turbofan engines and capable of cruising at up to 778km/h (420 knots) at a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet, making it the fastest Honda ever.
Designed for relatively short hops the Hondajet can take up to six passengers up to 2593km, good enough for trans-continental flights across the USA, Europe and Australia
Eight other aircraft are already on the production line behind HondaJet #1, with Honda expecting production on all of them to be complete by the time Type Certification is achieved in 2015, with deliveries starting immediately after.
Prototype aircraft have been in the air since 2003, however the first flight of a customer HondaJet isn't anticipated until later this year.
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