Deliveries of Latest HondaJet Model Start in Japan
Tokyo, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)--Honda Aircraft Co., a U.S. unit of Honda Motor Co. <7267>, started to deliver the latest model of the HondaJet small business jet in Japan on Thursday.
The company held a ceremony at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda to mark the first delivery in Japan of the HondaJet Elite plane, priced at 580 million yen, to its joint owners including entrepreneur Takafumi Horie.
"Potential demand (for business jets) is large enough" in Japan, where the business jet market is underdeveloped, Honda Aircraft President Michimasa Fujino said. "We aim to realize a new mobility society."
In Japan, the company has received orders for more than 10 HondaJet Elite aircraft, whose flight range covers Tokyo-Beijing routes.
Deliveries of the latest seven-seat model have already started in the United States and 15 other countries, including in Europe and Southeast Asia. Shipments are projected to total 40 to 50 units for 2018.
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