May 23, 2017 12:02 am JST

Honda's business jet spreads wings to Southeast Asia

Thai company chosen as region's first HondaJet dealer

The seven-passenger HondaJet's selling points include speed and fuel efficiency.

TOKYO -- Honda Motor will begin selling its business jet in several Southeast Asian markets to capitalize on the region's economic growth, the Japanese automaker said Monday.

Honda tapped Thai Aerospace Services as its first-ever HondaJet dealer in Southeast Asia. The aircraft will be sold in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam.

The seven-passenger HondaJet first hit the market in December 2015, and orders have topped 100. The design places the engines above the wings, granting the plane more interior space. Other selling points include speed and fuel efficiency.

Honda has dealerships in North America, Latin America and Europe, and the company had delivered 41 jets as of mid-April.

The Japanese group also announced Monday that several HondaJets have been ordered by a European program that gives joint owners the opportunity to fly the aircraft.

(Nikkei)

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