Honda flies into Greensboro

October 4, 2012 by  

Greensboro, North Carolina got some good news in late September when Honda Aircraft Company announced it would expand its facilities here.

The company plans to start building a repair, overhaul, and maintenance facility, designed to handle the HondaJets that will soon be coming into service. The building, which can handle as many as 12 airplanes simultaneously, will comprise 90,000 square feet and is projected to cost $20 million.

The new structure will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and should be ready to open in the mid or latter part of 2013. Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujino affirmed his commitment to HondaJets’ customers, saying it was his intention to build the very best overhaul, maintenance, and repair facility possible.

Production of the HondaJet marks the company’s first foray into commercial aviation. It hopes that the new aircraft will capture approximately twenty-five percent of the market for light jets worldwide and describes it as:

“…[the] fastest, highest-flying, most quiet, and most fuel efficient in its class.”

Fujino likens the introduction of the HondaJet to that of the Civic automobile, which revolutionized the American car market. He said that Honda’s competitors are using 1990s technology, while Honda is more advanced. He also said HondaJet’s operating costs will be approximately 30% lower than the company’s competitors.

Since Honda is building an entirely new facility, it will have a new address and probably many new employees. The company is likely to need stationery printing and business card printing at the very least.