In Geneva, Eurocopter has taken the occassion of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition to unwrap its Mercedes-Benz Style EC145 helicopter. Styled for business and luxury private travel, the interior of this EC145 was inspired by the distinctively-styled luxury sedans from Stuttgart.
In keeping with the Mercedes luxury theme, the interior of this Eurocopter has been clad in deluxe materials, burnished wood trim and adjustable ambient lighting that owners of E- and S-Class sedans will find familiar. Since the cabin of the helicopter is a bit more spacious, various multifunction enclosures that can be fitted with customer-specific equipment are distributed throughout the cabin. Additionally, seat configuration can be varied due to a rail system, which allows from 4-8 passengers to be seated, or the seats can be removed entirely to outfit the chopper for a cargo configuration. Says Olivier Lambert, Eurocopter’s SVP for Sales and Customer Relations, “Only one year after Eurocopter presented the EC145 ‘Mercedes-Benz Style’ concept at EBACE 2010, we now are unveiling the first aircraft and can already announce the initial sale to a European corporate operator. These achievements confirm Eurocopter’s successful approach in developing products that meet the demanding expectations of executive and private customers worldwide.”
Mercedes design head Dr. Gorden Wagener confirmed that, “We are very pleased to have realized the first product of ‘Mercedes-Benz Style’ with Eurocopter. The interior design of the EC145 ‘Mercedes-Benz Style’ helicopter represents the classic passion of the Mercedes-Benz design language and fulfils the very highest expectations in terms of elegance, luxury and comfort.”