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HondaJet's public debut of its first production aircraft comes nearly a month after the same aircraft made its first test flight out of PTI in Greensboro. The flight lasted approximately 84 minutes.
HondaJet said there are four more models just like the first production model. Those models are in different colors (silver, red, blue and yellow), but they are used only as test models, for now.
A HondaJet spokesperson told WFMY News 2 it started production in October 2012, and there are more than 100 orders already. However, HondaJet is still awaiting its "type certificate," which will mean the FAA considers the aircraft "airworthy." HondaJet said it expects to receive this type certificate by the first quarter of 2015.
Each HondaJet costs $4.5 million.
HondaJet has employed 1,000 people at its Greensboro headquarters. Since the company's founding in 2006, HondaJet has been a $140 million capital investment for Greensboro.