According to The Asahi Shimbun, ANA Holdings Inc. will start using HondaJet, the compact aircraft developed by the Honda Motor group, for feeder and charter flights this summer, the airline operator said.
ANA’s tie-up with trading house Sojitz Corp. will first offer the HondaJet flights to Japanese business owners in North America and then expand to European nations and other areas, the companies said.
“I would like to respond to customers’ demands by providing a new transportation method,” said Shinya Katanozaka, president of ANA Holdings.
Michimasa Fujino, president of Honda Aircraft Co., the manufacturer of HondaJet, said he hopes many people will board the business jet.
Business jets allow customers to quickly reach larger airports or their final destination after flights aboard regular airplanes. In Europe and the United States, customers often use business jets because they can decide on the departure time and route to fit their schedule.
Japan Airlines Co. is already offering a similar service using jets made in France.
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