Twin engine helicopter originally designed for offshore transportation given luxe facelift and interior.
Check out this beauty. With a cabin interior by Pegasus Design, which is renowned for its work on business jets and super yachts, this helicopter from Airbus certainly doesn’t look like a converted workhorse. But that’s exactly what it is.
The H175 originally entered service in 2014 for offshore transport. Now, this twin-engine VIP version has just been delivered, with the largest cabin in its class.
“The first delivery of a new version of the H175 is an important milestone for our company and for the H175 program. The H175 enlarges its operational capacity to a completely new mission segment,” said Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus Helicopters. “The VIP variant is also great news for the private and business aviation market as flying in a helicopter has never been so close to a private jet experience.”
Delivered to an undisclosed customer who will operate it in Europe as transport to a yacht, the H175 comfortably seats seven passengers. It features a cabin layout with two distinct seating areas: a forward zone that provides a lounge atmosphere with facing club seating for four passengers and a galley, as well as sofa-style seating for three more passengers at the rear.
In addition to the exclusive cabin, the VIP version includes a hinged door to optimise cabin space, a three-step electric footstep for ease of access, electronically dimmable windows and mood lighting. Passengers can also enjoy in-flight connectivity with satcom, in-flight entertainment system with LCD screens, moving map and images provided by the tail fin and tail skid cameras – all controllable through dedicated touchscreens or personal devices.
Also contributing to the jet-like flight experience is the soundproofed cabin.
The H175 is also available as an executive version, which can seat nine to 12. Airbus Helicopters says both versions provide a smooth ride and a climate-controlled cabin, as well as panoramic views for all passengers.
This is the first delivery of the VIP version with a second one following later this year.
Pegasus Design normally provides specialist design and supervision services for private jets. The company was set up in 2006, and has delivered more than 20 V-VIP jets. Founder and Design Director, Peder Thaulow Eidsgaard, also designs superyachts under his separate London-based company, Eidsgaard Design.
Airbus Helicopters offers the most extensive range of helicopters dedicated to the private and business aviation segment and is the market leader with 33% of the fleet currently in service.
Find out more at www.airbushelicopters.com