The Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Honda Motor Company that has developed the prototype HondaJet and is slated to manufacture and market the production version of the aircraft. The company was formed as a separate entity in August 2006 under the leadership of president and CEO Michimasa Fujino.
On October 10, 2011, Honda announced at the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., on the campus of Guilford Technical Community College that the company would construct an 80,000-square-foot customer service facility near the world headquarters as an expansion of Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. The $80 million expansion is expected to and add over 400 jobs to the city.
The corporate headquarters are located at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, where the prototype HondaJet was also developed and flight tested. In February, 2007, the Honda Aircraft Company announced plans to build a 214,000-square-foot (19,900 m2) office and manufacturing facility in Greensboro to support HondaJet production for deliveries in 2010. In April, 2009, the company announced a delayed schedule with test flights in early 2010 and deliveries beginning in late 2011. In August 2010, Honda announced further delays: test flights would begin in November, but actually happened on December 21, 2010 and first deliveries to customers will be in 2012.
While progress is being made, with inspection type authorization having been granted at the end of 2013, as of July 2014 the HondaJet has not been certificated. The goal is now early 2015.