Although the HondaJet was certified less than three years ago, Honda Aircraft is working to ensure that all of its owners have the chance to take advantage of ongoing improvements that have been infused into new airplanes. The Advanced Performance Modification Group was formed to keep HondaJets competitive, according to CEO and President Michimasa Fujino. The group designed a set of performance upgrades that allow for shorter takeoff and landings, increased maximum takeoff weights, extended range, and software upgrades to the Garmin G3000 avionics suite.
Through minor airframe changes, the HondaJet APMG models can leverage a 100-pound max takeoff weight increase over a stock early model, which yields 100 pounds more useful load. Meanwhile takeoff field length moves to 3,491 feet, a decrease of 443 feet. Maximum range increases by about 120 nautical miles.
The upgrades are available only as a single package, which sells for $250,000, according to Fujino.
The founder also reported that the HondaJet and the recently updated model, the HondaJet Elite, are now certified in India.
Fujino stated that the previously announced partnership with ANA is progressing. The Japanese airline will leverage HondaJets in North America and Europe to help its business passengers get from major international airline hubs, such as Chicago and Los Angeles, to their final destinations. The goal, according to Fujino, is to introduce customers with no exposure to business aviation to the benefits of an aircraft such as the HondaJet. Ultimately, 10 HondaJets will be in use in Japan as a part of the service—a significant feat since there are only 30 business jets based in Japan, according to Fujino.
The company is delivering four to five aircraft a month from its Greensboro, North Carolina, factory, the CEO said. In 2017 and the first half of 2018, the HondaJet was the most delivered light jet in the market. All in all, 92 HondaJets are in service with a 99.7-percent dispatch rate, Fujino explained.