TOKYO (Reuters) — Honda Motor Co. on Wednesday said it would start selling its six-seater business jet in Japan next year, as it seeks to expand global sales by tapping into demand from a growing class of high net-worth individuals.
The automaker is currently awaiting certification for the plane both at home and in China, after having already received U.S. and European certifications over the past two years.
Honda said it had partnered with trading house Marubeni Corp for domestic deliveries of the jet.
Marubeni will begin delivering the jets around the first half of 2019, pending certification, Honda said, adding it hoped to double Japan’s total use of business jets over five years.
“At the moment Japan lacks a strong culture of using business jets … but the number of high-net worth individuals is competitive with that in the United States,” HondaJet CEO Michimasa Fujino told reporters at a briefing on Wednesday.
“We want to target these customers to grow the market,” said Fujino, who is also the chief engineer of the business jet.
The HondaJet will come to Japan after Honda delivered its first aircraft in 2015 in the United States.
Fujino said he hoped to tap into the domestic market, where business jets are limited with around 90 in use at the moment, in its early stages and focus both on fleet sales and selling to individual customers.
The jet business is expected to become profitable about five years after its first full year of sales in 2016, he added.
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via The Japan News