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Honda Aircraft Company delivers first HondaJet in Europe
Honda Aircraft Company delivers first HondaJet in Europe
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Honda Aircraft Company delivers first HondaJet in Europe

Four months after kicking off deliveries to U.S. customers, Honda Aircraft Company (HAC) has delivered the first HondaJet into Europe. The announcement was made during a ceremonial delivery at AERO 2016, which is taking place in Friedrichshafen, Germany from 20th-23rd April. The aircraft will be operated by Rheinland Air Service, the exclusive HondaJet dealer for Central Europe.

The entry-level HondaJet stands out with its Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration. Other innovations include a natural-laminar flow wing and composite fuselage developed from long-term Honda research activities. It is powered by two GE Honda Aero Engine HF120 engines.

The delivery marks another step forward for the much-delayed programme, which has suffered more than its fair share of technical problems during development. Certification was finally obtained in December 2015, 12 years after the first flight and a full five years later than initially scheduled.

The HondaJet is manufactured at HAC’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. HAC is a subsidiary of Japan’s Honda Motor Company.

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