Marshall Aircraft Sales congratulated Mr Michimasa Fujino, founding president and CEO of Honda Aircraft, as the company formally accepted the keys to its newly European EASA certificated new HondaJet at the EBACE Show in Geneva.

"As the Northern European dealership, we are very pleased to now have our own HondaJet demonstrator at our Birmingham base," commented Howard Povey, Head of Aircraft Sales, Northern Europe for Marshall.

"We are excited about our customers experiencing this innovative technology, as it not only breaks the conventional mould set by the aerospace industry, but provides category-enhancing advancements such as a more spacious cabin, highest speed and superior fuel efficiency."

Prior to the official handover on 24 May at Europe’s premier business aviation show, FlairJet pilot Captain Mike Finbow took the lead in ferrying the aircraft from Greensboro, North Carolina.

The crew flew the aircraft from Honda Aircraft Company’s Greensboro facility to Bangor, Maine, then to Goose Bay, Canada; to Iqaluit, Frobisher Bay, North Canada; East Sondrestrom, Greenland and then on to Keflavik, Iceland. From Keflavik it flew to Wick in northern Scotland, before its final leg to Marshall’s Birmingham Airport UK facility, where it was greeted with a celebratory water cannon salute.

Marshall’s management and charter business FlairJet commented: "The HondaJet handled extremely well, super solid and easy to fly. Climb performance was excellent. This is a premium, state-of-the-art aircraft in the light jet class and its distinctive appearance stands it out from the crowd."