Honda Aircraft announces single largest order of its Hondajets
Honda Aircraft announces single largest order of its Hondajets

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His aerospace engineering professors taught him that it was wrong to mount anything atop an aircraft wing. Industry peers dismissed his design as ugly.

But Mr Michimasa Fujino, 57, chief executive of Honda Aircraft, defied naysayers and his bold vision paid off.

After almost three decades of development, the first HA-420 Hondajet - a light aircraft with engines mounted over the wing instead of on the fuselage like other business jets - was delivered in late 2015.

Today, 73 Hondajets are in the skies and the factory has a "very good" backlog, Mr Fujino said.

Yesterday, Honda Aircraft announced its single largest order to date - 16 Hondajets for European air taxi operator, Wijet. The deal was inked on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow 2018.

Discussing the Hondajet's design yesterday, Mr Fujino said that the size of a plane's cabin can be maximised by mounting the engines over the wings instead of on the fuselage.