GREENSBORO — Move over, Rolling Stones.
Greensboro-based Honda Aircraft Co. said today that it will take its HondaJet on a worldwide tour which will include its first trip to Japan.
The $4.5 million light jet was developed entirely in Greensboro and is now made at a research and design/manufacturing campus at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Although the jet is not on sale, Honda officials say the Federal Aviation
Administration has reached the final steps of clearing the plane for delivery to customers.
The company said in a news release that it will fly 26,000 nautical miles and stop in 13 countries.
The first leg of the tour will go from April 15 to May 5 in Japan.
The jet will be shown at several airports at public events that include static displays and flight demonstrations.
Honda Aircraft will fly the plane from Japan to Europe for the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland from May 19 to May 21.
According to the news release, it’s the first time Honda will show the jet at Europe’s largest business aviation event.
Honda will travel through Europe to show the HondaJet to dealers.
Demonstration flights will be offered at major cities in six countries including Switzerland; U.K.; Belgium; France; Germany; and Poland.