23 October, 2018

Flying into the Future: Honda Aircraft Corporation

Harvard Business School Case no 618-012

This cases examine Honda’s diversification into the light jet market. In 1985, Honda initiated a secret program to develop a small jet. Over the years, the program had many ups and downs (it was almost canceled several times). Then, a breakthrough in the configuration of the engines lead Honda to believe it could successfully introduce a very light jet to the market (the “Civic” of the private jet market). In 2015, the company’s HondaJet received FAA certification. The HondaJet is now the number one selling jet in the very light jet segment of the market, and the CEO of Honda Aircraft Corporation, Michimasa Fujino (who started with the program in 1985) must now decide on ways to grow the business.