Canada follows numerous other markets that have certification approvals, including the United States, Europe, and Mexico.
It's time for Canadians to take to the sky, courtesy of Honda Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Honda Motor. The company just announced that as of June 1, its HondaJet light business jet has received type certification from Transport Canada. Deliveries to Canadian customers are immiment, as production looks to be increased this year and beyond.
"With multiple orders in the pipeline, achieving this important milestone will now allow us to begin HondaJet deliveries to our Canadian registration customers," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino.
The HondaJet has been produced since 2012, is assembled in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is touted by Honda Aircraft Company as being "the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class." It can reach a maximum cruising speed of 422 knots (782 kilometres per hour), and has a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet. The aircraft, which is known for its innovative Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM), is priced at $4.85 million USD.
Canada follows numerous other markets that have certification approvals, including the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Skyservice has been hired as the exclusive Canadian sales and service representatives and dealer for Canadian HondaJet customers. With facilities in Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto, it will provide sales, service, and support.
"Honda has a strong reputation in Canada. The HondaJet, with its high performance and superior fuel efficiency, further builds on that positive brand image," said Marshall Myles, Chairman and CEO for Skyservice. “We are proud to represent the HondaJet in Canada.
While Honda has built tens of millions of cars and motorcycles over the past decades, the HondaJet is currently the only product in Honda Aircraft Company portfolio. According to Aviation International News (AIN) Online, Honda produces 36 aircraft per year, but wants to increase that to 80 per year by March 2019.