Aston Martin Unveils Super-Limited Airbus Helicopter, by Travel Radar Correspondent Ian Seeker
Close your eyes for a second. imagine owning an Aston Martin. Beautiful, right? While still in the realm of exquisite taste and imagination, picture yourself owning an helicopter with their luxury. Well, Airbus Corporate Helicopters and Aston Martin Lagonda teamed up to make a bespoke edition of the ACH130 which was showcased on Jan. 3 at Courchevel in the French Alps.
The stylish special edition of the ACH130 helicopter comes equipped with interior and exterior designs generated by Aston Martin, aimed to delight helicopter owners and pilots who appreciate the pleasures of possessing and driving high performance bespoke luxury cars.
“This first application of our design practices to a helicopter posed a number of interesting challenges but we have enjoyed working through them. Beauty is of vital importance to Aston Martin and to our customers and we think the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is an inherently beautiful machine,” said Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichma
Available in four unique Aston Martin signature designs, the luxury helicopter will take the British luxury car manufacturer’s design and craftsmanship to the skies.
The cabin is inspired by Aston Martin’s cars and comes in “Pure Black” ultra-suede as standard, with the option to add leathers in “Oxford Tan,” “Pure Black,” “Cormorant” and “Ivory” — each taken from marque’s automotive lineage offering a higher level of comfort,
Inside, the same brogue detailing that is found in a DB11 runs down the center of the seats, providing passengers with comfortable touch points during their flight. A plaque has been added to the instrument panel detailing the dual logos, the edition number, and the owner’s name (should they wish).
“The ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is optimally positioned in the market for hands-on owners who draw satisfaction from personally piloting their aircraft and it generates strong brand-loyalty. In the same way Aston Martin’s products are cars for drivers who relish being at the wheel and they inspire a comparable attachment to the brand. So they are the perfect partner for us in developing this superb new ACH130 Aston Martin Edition.” head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, commented.
Aston Martin worked closely together for more than a year to create the special edition helicopter, which targets hands-on owners who like to personally pilot their aircraft.
The price of the helicopter will be around €2.8 million ($3.1 million) and will be available on request with deliveries taking place from Q1 2020.
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