The chief engineer on the project said certification by China’s aviation regulator might be issued as early as December.
HondaJet Hoping To Take Off By End of 2018
HondaJet is hopeful that its jet will receive certification in China by the end of 2018, faster than earlier forecast, the chief executive of the aircraft unit of Honda Motor Co said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
Michimasa Fujino, who is also the six-seater light business jet’s chief engineer, made the comments on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow.
The company applied for certification from China’s aviation regulator in August and previously predicted that it would need 18 months to obtain approval.
In October, it partnered with Guangzhou-based Honsan General Aviation to provide sales services in China, Hong Kong and Macau, and opened a new sales outlet at China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in December.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported that the company bills the $4.5 million jet as the fastest, quietest and most fuel-efficient in its class, The plane made its maiden Japanese flight in April 2015 after three decades in development, and received type certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration in December that year.
While the number of high net worth individuals in China is almost the same as in the US, only about 2.5 percent of those in China are using their own business jets, compared with about 18 percent for some western countries like the US, the executive of HondaJet said.