Phase 3 Reaching commercialization (2004 to 2015)


Joint business and development with GE & Honda

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GE Transportation President and CEO David L. Carhoun (left) & Honda President Takeo Fukui (right).

February 2004

Honda formed a joint venture business with the General Electric Company(GE), the world's largest jet engine manufacturer.


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Aero Engine R&D Center in Wako city, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

July 2004

Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Aircraft Engine R&D Center was established.
*Organization name changed to Aero Engine Center in April 2019.


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October 2004

Honda Aero, Inc., an aircraft engine business company, was established in the United States (Reston, Virginia at the time).


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October 2004

GE Honda Aero Engines LLC, a joint venture of GE and Honda, was established in the United States. (Shareholding structure: GE 50% Honda 50%)

For more information about GE Honda Aero Engines, click here.


Joint Development of HF120

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Launch of HF120 joint development: The HF120 was developed by a fusion of Honda’s HF118-2 technology and GE’s know-how.

 

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October 2008

Honda Aero, Inc. main office and factory were completed. (Burlington, North Carolina).


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November 2010

Started flight tests using test aircrafts equipped with HF120.


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December 2010

Started flight tests using HondaJets equipped with HF120. 


Certification from US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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GE Honda Aero Engines LLC, President Terry Sharp (right) & Vice President Masahiko Izumi (left).

December 2013

GE Honda Aero Engines HF120 Turbofan Engine received a type certification from FAA.


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FAA Production Certificate examiner (center right) surrounded by Honda Aero, Inc. associates who were delighted to receive the Production Certification.

March 2015

Honda Aero, Inc. received a production certification from the FAA. (FAA had not issued this certification for the jet engine for the last 23 years)


Start of delivery to end-customers

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The first HF120 of mass production engine(center) with Honda Aero, Inc. associates.

December 2015

HondaJet, equipped with GE Honda Aero HF120 engines, received its aircraft a Type Certification from FAA and the started delivery to end-customers.