Honda Aircraft Company, Inc., announced updates to its HondaJet program on April 30, including revised first flight and delivery timetables for the company’s light jet.
“Ongoing global aerospace industry business challenges have resulted in a delay in receiving critical components for conforming aircraft production, which will result in a new first flight target of January 2010 and projected first customer delivery in the fourth quarter of 2011,” the company’s news release stated.
“We have been working very closely with our suppliers over the past year in an effort to minimize the effect of the ongoing worldwide economic instability on HondaJet development,” said Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO. “Unfortunately, we now have no choice but to revise our schedule. We appreciate our customers’ continued trust and their understanding of the challenges we are facing to bring to them the most advanced light jet available.
“We are moving forward confidently with the HondaJet program with the full backing and strength of our parent, Honda Motor Company. Our production facility will incorporate not only production functions, but also world-class flight training facilities. We will deliver to our customers an aircraft of outstanding quality that will be supported with exceptional sales, service and flight training programs,” said Fujino.
For information: www.hondajet.com