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NC-made Honda jet's delivery delayed again to 2012

A Honda Motor Co. Ltd. subsidiary says initial deliveries of a lightweight private jet being built in North Carolina are now more than two years away.

Honda Aircraft Co. spokesman Stephen Keeney said Monday delays in receiving unspecified major components from suppliers will force the delay until the third quarter of 2012.

Honda Aircraft began taking sales orders for its HondaJet in 2006, with initial deliveries originally scheduled late this year. Last year, however, the Greensboro-based company said Honda's first aircraft would be delayed until late 2011 because of supply delays.

The $4 million jet features a bullet nose and engines mounted above the wings. It still must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.