Honda Aircraft has delivered its first HondaJet Elites to a customer in Hawaii, the company announced on Friday. The delivery of two Elites to startup company Wing Spirit was marked at a formal event on Thursday evening at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) in Honolulu, Oahu.
Wing Spirit plans to operate the light jets for inter-island charters, as well as exploring their use for air ambulance and aviation education opportunities throughout the Hawaiian islands. “We are looking forward to revolutionizing the business aviation industry in Hawaii with the HondaJet,” Wing Spirit executive v-p and COO Sal Miwa said. “We are confident the aircraft’s unrivaled performance and comfort will help us to provide our customers with exceptional experiences.”
Globally, the HondaJet fleet now totals more than 125 with these latest deliveries, which also mark the first light jets to enter commercial service in Hawaii. “The HondaJet’s superior performance and comfort are well suited to serve Hawaii’s population of 1.4 million residents and 10 million annual visitors by providing convenient transportation between heavily trafficked islands,” said Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino.