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Honda soars ahead in Japanese passenger jet race

HondaJet enjoys healthy demand while Mitsubishi Regional Jet stuck on tarmac

Honda's seven-seater business jet is riding high on demand from wealthy clients.

TOKYO -- Honda Motor has zoomed past Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in the competition to build a distinctive Japanese passenger jet, capitalizing on upper-class demand with its business craft while the Mitsubishi Regional Jet languishes in development.

The Japanese automaker delivered 24 of its HondaJet miniature craft to customers in the January-June period, outstripping rivals like America's Cessna in the sector. The jet seats just seven including the crew.

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