Honda Aircraft Co. has begun operations at its newly opened Wing Production and Service Parts Facility, located at the company's world headquarters at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. The new 83,100ft2 facility is the latest addition to the 133-acre Honda Aircraft Co. campus, and represents an additional investment of $24.3 million, bringing the total capital investment in its North Carolina facilities to more than $245 million. Honda Aircraft Co. broke ground on the new facility in late July 2019 and completed construction in September 2020.
The Wing Production and Service Parts Facility will house a new wing assembly process for the HondaJet Elite, which is the fastest, farthest, and highest-flying aircraft in its class. HondaJet wings are composed of an exterior skin made of machined one-piece aluminum alloys backed by alloy ribs to achieve a very smooth surface designed to reduce aerodynamic drag and structural rigidity. The new facility will enable the concurrent assembly of more wings, resulting in a major increase in production efficiency.
"Honda is a mobility technology company, and our newest facility further increases efficiency of assembly. It also will house more service parts to support the rapidly growing HondaJet fleet," said Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Co. "Since entering the market five years ago, the HondaJet has received a tremendous response from customers. This facility will enable us to continue to provide our growing global customer base with the highest level of customer support."
The new facility includes a main wing assembly hangar, service parts warehouse for parts storage and distribution, paint booth, and office areas.
The HondaJet fleet is currently comprised of over 170 aircraft worldwide with more than 63,000 flight hours and an industry-leading dispatch reliability. Honda Aircraft Co.'s sales and service footprint spans North America, Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East, India, and Japan.