Honda Aircraft To
Build Aircraft Maintenance Facility In Greensboro, NC
By Jim Douglas
October 12, 2011 - Honda Aircraft Company, along with
senior officials from the State of North Carolina and
the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance, announced
Honda’s selection of Greensboro, North Carolina, as the
location for its new HondaJet Maintenance Repair and
Overhaul (MRO) facility.
The company will invest an additional $20 million to
build the new MRO facility, bringing its total capital
investment for construction of its North Carolina
facilities to more than $120 million.
Honda Aircraft made the announcement at the National
Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention, the
world’s largest business aviation annual event, held
this year in Las Vegas, while North Carolina Governor
Bev Perdue and Triad area officials made a simultaneous
announcement in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Honda Aircraft’s MRO facility will provide services for
HondaJet owners that complement the services they
receive at facilities across its HondaJet dealer network
in North America and Europe.
These services include heavy maintenance services, such as extensive repair or overhaul work best provided by the aircraft OEM. This MRO plan demonstrates Honda Aircraft’s focus on providing an unsurpassed ownership service experience for HondaJet customers from the very first customer delivery.
to offer HondaJet customers an overall ownership experience that
is second to none in business aviation and one that is
commensurate with all the best attributes of Honda,” said
Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company.
The selection of North Carolina also underscores Honda’s
continued, significant investment in the HondaJet program, and
its commitment to the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina.
“After a rigorous evaluation of various site alternatives, we concluded that we could best serve our customers and complement HondaJet dealer service facilities by placing our MRO facility here in North Carolina, where we are delighted to begin writing this next chapter of our growth,” said Fujino. “This will also reinforce Honda’s contribution and support to continue developing the aviation and aerospace cluster in the Piedmont Triad Region.”
will expand its already substantial presence at the Greensboro Piedmont
Triad Airport (PTI) with this new MRO facility. The MRO facility will be
an expansion of the company’s World Headquarters campus, where its
state-of-the-art R&D, Manufacturing and Headquarter buildings today
encompass more than 500,000 square feet of space on approximately 80
to expand their Greensboro facility validates the strength and vitality
of our aviation cluster, and their plan to invest an additional $80
million and create 419 more high-paying jobs demonstrates Honda’s
commitment to our community and to the entire State of North Carolina,”
said Dan Lynch, President of the Greensboro Economic Development
Alliance. “We have 180 aerospace companies in the state employing more
than 9,500 workers, but Honda Aircraft Company is the crown jewel.”
“My top priority
is creating jobs and it’s clear that we’ve got momentum when global
companies like Honda Aircraft Company decide to expand operations in
North Carolina,” said Gov. Perdue. “North Carolina is attractive to
companies because of our skilled workforce and excellent business
climate. This will enhance our aerospace cluster in the Triad.”
“No matter where I
go in North Carolina, the issue everyone talks to me about is jobs,”
commented U.S. Senator Kay Hagan. “That is why today’s announcement is
so important for North Carolina and for Greensboro. I am thrilled that
Honda Aircraft will be bringing an additional 400-plus high-paying jobs
expansion purposes, Honda Aircraft has leased 54 additional acres at PTI
Airport. The new MRO facility will make use of 20 of these acres. With
current and future expansion, Honda Aircraft is leasing more than 130
acres at PTI Airport.
HondaJet is the
most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages
in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the
fastest, highest-flying, most quiet and most fuel efficient in its
class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in
aviation design, including a unique over-the-wing engine-mount
configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency
by reducing aerodynamic drag.
This airframe design reduces cabin noise and ground-detected noise when overhead and allows for a more spacious cabin and greater cargo capacity. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most advanced glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin G3000 next-generation all-glass avionics system with a class-leading layout of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first-ever commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, and value.
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