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First production HondaJet completes test flight

by Drew Johnson

Honda\'s HondaJet is ready to take to the skies.

Honda's first production HondaJet has successfully completed its initial flight, clearing the way for the company to begin customer deliveries of the high-tech aircraft.

The HondaJet's maiden voyage took place at Honda Aircraft's headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. The plane's test flight lasted 84-minutes, with the plane reaching a maximum altitude of 15,500 feet and a top speed of 348 knots.

"With this first flight, the program has entered an exciting phase as we prepare for delivery,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "Today's celebration is the culmination of extensive engineering and production efforts, and this is an important achievement in bringing the world's most advanced light jet to market.”

Expected to enter service early next year, Honda says its HondaJet will be the "fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.” The HondaJet, powered by twin GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, can climb to 43,000 feet and hit a top speed of 483mph.

The order books for the HondaJet are open in North America and Europe, with 10 units of the plane already on the production line.

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