About GE Honda Aero Engines
GE Honda Aero Engines, LLC. is a 50/50 joint venture between GE Aviation and Honda Aero, Inc., and was formed in October 2004 to design, manufacture, sell, and support a family of innovative engines in the 1000 to 3500 pound thrust class for the business aviation industry.
The two companies began talks in 2003 with the goal of providing durable and economical engines for business aviation. The idea was to combine the strengths of each parent company in technology leadership, manufacturing expertise, and performance engine tradition to provide modern business aviation engines with the performance and availability of large commercial engines.
Honda began research and development of its jet engine and aircraft projects in 1986. Over five generations, Honda refined its small engine technology, with demonstrated capability in ground and flight testing. Meanwhile, GE has been engaged in groundbreaking development including engines for regional and business jets, and the world's most powerful commercial engine. Now, Honda and GE's joint engineering has resulted in the next generation of smaller, lightweight, low cost, and highly efficient business jet engines.
The HF120 turbofan engine will be the first product from GE Honda Aero Engines after completing a rigorous testing and maturation program. The HF120's launch customer is Honda Aircraft's "HondaJet".