Honda begins HondaJet Elite deliveries

HONDA AIRCRAFT Company announced on August 7, 2018, that it has begun delivery of its new HA-420 HondaJet Elite variant.

The HondaJet Elite was revealed in May 2018 and features an auxiliary fuel tank, increased maximum take-of weight and provision for a ifth passenger in the cabin. According to the manufacturer the new variant has a range of 1,437 nautical miles (2,661km) and a maximum cruise speed of 422kts (782km/h).

Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino said: “We are proud to announce that deliveries of the HondaJet Elite have begun. 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

… We are excited about the very positive worldwide reaction to the HondaJet Elite’s market entrance and we are pleased to announce that, most recently, more than ten orders in Japan were placed following our expansion to the region in June.” Fujino said that deliveries to Japan will begin shortly after the HondaJet Elite receives type certiication from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau early in 2019.

HondaJet also announced that the General Aviation Manufacturers Association had judged the HondaJet to be the most delivered aircraft in its class for the first half of 2018, with 17 aircraft delivered to customers.

Nigel Pittaway

First ACJ320neo assembled

Airbus Corporate Jets unveiled the first ACJ320neo (new engine option) D-AVVL (msn 8403) corporate jet on August 16, 2018. Painted in Airbus Corporate Jets’ house colours, the aircraft will be delivered to the UK’s Acropolis Aviation by the end of 2018. It will fly to AMAC Aerospace’s facility in Basle, Switzerland, where it will be outfitted with a cabin designed by Alberto Pinto and repainted in Acropolis Aviation’s colours before entering service. Powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines, the first ACJ320neo is due to fly for the first time in September or October. Nigel Pittaway