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HondaJet introduced for sale in Japan

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Japanese trade conglomerate Marubeni Corp. was hired by Honda Motor Co. Ltd. to handle the placement of its business plane with six seats in the domestic market. The carmaker revealed the launch of HondaJet Japan on Wednesday, saying it expects the first delivery within a year pending certification, after it filed an application with regulators last month.

The light aircraft has “received a tremendous amount of interest” in Japan, said Honda Aircraft Co.’s president and chief executive Michimasa Fujino. He added customers in the island country will be able to order the HondaJet Elite, an upgraded version. Marubeni, the operator of the business, will provide sales, service, and maintenance in the region.

The first aircraft of the type was sold in 2015 in the United States. Honda said it expects the global endeavor to become profitable within five years from the launch. The business jet is being introduced into a market which has less than a hundred units in operation in the class. Honda Aircraft, established in 2006, is run by American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

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