Demonstration flights arranged in UK for new HondaJet
What has been hailed as the fastest, highest-flying, quietest and most fuel-efficient jet in its class arrived in Europe this week.
During a press conference at the 2015 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland this week, the Honda Aircraft Company announced that the new HondaJet was making its first appearance in Europe and would be beginning a demonstration tour following EBACE 2015.
This follows a successful tour in Japan to cultivate awareness for business aviation. The HondaJet was featured at public and private events at six airports and gave flight demonstrations. In Japan, more than 10,000 people had the opportunity to see what the company is calling the world’s most advanced light jet.
“We have been extremely pleased with the performance and reliability of the HondaJet during the world tour and are excited to bring the aircraft to Europe,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “On its flight routes to Japan and Europe the aircraft experienced a range of conditions, and the HondaJet is demonstrating its maturity and readiness for entry into service.”
The HondaJet that was on static display at EBACE 2015 is an early production aircraft featuring the signature HondaJet paint scheme of red with a silver stripe. It achieved its first flight in March 2015 and will travel more than 26,000 nautical miles as part of the world tour.
Immediately following the show, the demonstration tour began with HondaJet dealers in Europe. Private demonstration flights will be offered in Poland (Warsaw); United Kingdom (Cambridge, Birmingham, Leeds and Farnborough); Germany (Mönchengladbach, Munich and Hamburg); and Switzerland (Geneva).
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