TOKYO, Dec. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Honda Aircraft Company announced today that it has delivered the first HondaJet Elite in Japan. The first customer delivery follows the HondaJet Elite's receipt of type certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) on December 7, 2018.
To commemorate the type certification and the first delivery of a HondaJet Elite in Japan, Honda Aircraft Company held a ceremony at Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport), which was attended by JCAB Director-General Kuniharu Ebina, Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company and Gentaro Toya, Chief Executive of HondaJet Japan1.
After Kuniharu Ebina presented the HondaJet Elite's Japan type certification to Michimasa Fujino, the HondaJet Elite was delivered to Kotaro Chiba, founder of Japan's Drone Fund and the first HondaJet customer in Japan.
In June 2018, Honda Aircraft Company began sales of the HondaJet Elite in Japan through HondaJet Japan. Since expanding to the region, the company has taken orders for more than 10 aircraft.