First flight, delivery of HondaJet pushed back

Supply chain delays have forced Honda Aircraft to push first flight to January 2010, and delivery to fourth quarter 2011.

Honda Aircraft Co. Inc. (Greensboro, N.C., USA) has announced updates to its HondaJet aviation program, including revised first flight and delivery timetables for the company's composites-intensive advanced light jet. Honda says that 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.

Honda Aircraft Co. is partnering with leading aerospace industry suppliers for the manufacture of major subassemblies using proprietary Honda designs and technologies. "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 Co. 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."

Honda Aircraft Co. has progressed with the establishment of its new world headquarters campus in Greensboro, where the HondaJet is being developed and will be manufactured. The campus complex includes a world headquarters building that incorporates all engineering, sales, support, marketing, and administration functions. The recently completed world R&D center on campus features more than 4 acres under roof and houses the ongoing construction of conforming aircraft. The R&D facility also houses the world delivery center for all HondaJet aircraft.

Ground will be broken this summer on the final phase of campus infrastructure development with construction of the HondaJet production facility. With the completion of the HondaJet production facility, the company's total world headquarters complex will reach 500,000 sq-ft/46,451 sq-m under roof on the 83-acre campus.

"We are moving forward confidently with the HondaJet program with the full backing and strength of our parent, Honda Motor Co. 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.