Air­bus teams up with As­ton Martin to launch ACH130 edi­tion

Muscat Daily - - CORPORATE NEWS -

The ACH130 As­ton Martin Edi­tion, the first of­fer­ing from the re­cently-an­nounced part­ner­ship be­tween As­ton Martin Lagonda and Air­bus Cor­po­rate He­li­copters, was re­vealed at Courchevel in the French Alps.

This stylish spe­cial edi­tion of the ACH130 he­li­copter comes equipped with a range of four in­te­rior and ex­te­rior de­signs gen­er­ated by As­ton Martin, which will de­light he­li­copter own­ers and pi­lots who ap­pre­ci­ate the plea­sures of pos­sess­ing and driv­ing high per­for­mance be­spoke lux­ury cars.

The aero­nau­ti­cal de­sign­ers at Air­bus Cor­po­rate He­li­copters (ACH) and the au­to­mo­tive de­sign­ers at As­ton Martin have worked closely to­gether for over a year, mar­ry­ing ACH’s key val­ues of ex­cel­lence, qual­ity and ser­vice with As­ton Martin’s com­mit­ment to beauty, hand­craft­ing and au­to­mo­tive art to bring a new level of aesthetics and rig­or­ous at­ten­tion to de­tail to the he­li­copter mar­ket.

Avail­able in four ex­ter­nal liv­er­ies with com­ple­men­tary in­te­ri­ors, the he­li­copters are em­bel­lished with As­ton Martin sig­na­ture el­e­ments, start­ing with the iconic As­ton Martin wings, which are em­bossed onto lux­ury leather fea­tures, taste­fully po­si­tioned through­out the cabin.

The Stir­ling Green-themed ex­ter­nal scheme, which is al­ready fly­ing on the first air­craft, fea­tures a painted gra­di­ent, which fades down into Jet Black on the un­der­side of the he­li­copter with Sky­fall Sil­ver around the cowl­ings. Fur­ther ex­ter­nal liv­er­ies are avail­able with other As­ton Martin paint colours in­clud­ing Xenon Grey, Ari­zona or Ul­tra­ma­rine Black ex­te­ri­ors.

In­side, the au­to­mo­tive-in­spired cabin, which of­fers a higher level of com­fort, is trimmed in Pure Black ul­tra­suede with a pal­ette of se­lectable leathers com­pris­ing Ox­ford Tan, Pure Black, Cor­morant and Ivory.

On the rear of the front seats the same brogue de­tail­ing that is found in a DB11 runs down the cen­tre of the seat and the doors have been trimmed with leather to pro­vide pas­sen­gers with com­fort­able touch points dur­ing their flight. By us­ing ma­te­ri­als from the As­ton Martin au­to­mo­tive pal­ette the in­te­rior of this spe­cial edi­tion of the ACH130 sits in harmony with the in­te­rior of As­ton Martin sports cars.

Each of these spe­cial edi­tion he­li­copters will have a plaque in­cluded on the in­stru­ment panel which shows the part­ner­ship lo­gos, the edi­tion num­ber and the owner’s name, should they wish to have it in­cluded.

As­ton Martin vice pres­i­dent and chief cre­ative of­fi­cer, Marek Re­ich­man, said, “We have our own set of au­to­mo­tive de­sign prin­ci­ples but in re­cent years we have been learn­ing how to ap­ply our prin­ci­ples to other ar­eas of de­sign, such as ar­chi­tec­ture, mo­tor­cy­cles and now he­li­copters. 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. It pro­vided a won­der­ful can­vas for our team to work on so we now look for­ward to see­ing every­body’s re­ac­tion.”

Frédéric Le­mos, head of Air­bus Cor­po­rate He­li­copters, said, “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.”

The ACH130 As­ton Martin Edi­tion is avail­able on re­quest with de­liv­er­ies tak­ing place from Q1 2020.

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