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Eurocopter is bringing "Mercedes-Benz style"
to the popular EC145 twin-engine helicopter
for high-end business and VIP operators.
Eurocopter brought a model of the design it
has created for its EC145 twin-engine turbine
helicopter along with German automobile
manufacturer Mercedes-Benz to the EBACE
show. The high-end interior attracted a great
deal of attention even at the packed event.
The EC145 'Mercedes-Benz Style' was
conceived in a design project led by the
Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in
Olivier Lambert, Eurocopter's senior vice-
president for sales and customer relations,
says: "Eurocopter has consolidated its
position as the leading helicopter supplier
for corporate and VIP operators. The EC145
'Mercedes-Benz Style' is our third major
creative initiative of this type in seven years,
ensuring that Eurocopter will continue as
the helicopter manufacturer of choice for
corporate and VIP customers."
The EC145's spacious cabin allowed
Mercedes-Benz designers to take a modular
approach for the new high-end interior,
which is inspired by the automaker's new
R-Class range. Seat upholstery in the EC145
'Mercedes-Benz Style' will be available in
deluxe materials and a range of colours, and a
choice of elegant woods is offered to provide
luxury underfoot and stylish panelled ceilings.
All seats are mounted on rails and can be
quickly and easily reconfigured for different
seating configurations, or removed to make
room for luggage. Three multi-function
boxes with features such as a cool box, cup
holder, table, monitor and DVD player have
been incorporated, along with extra storage
space provided by drawers. A partition wall
with windows separates the cabin from the
cockpit, and ambient cabin lighting utilized
on Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class
vehicles is integrated the design of the
passenger cabin. There is also a high-capacity
luggage compartment with numerous
attachment points on the floor and walls
for baggage, golf clubs and other outsized
New-production EC145 'Mercedes-Benz
Style' helicopters will be available from the
fourth quarter of 2011.
Separately, Dassault Aviation announced that
it had delivered its first Falcon 7X aircraft
to China, just two months after the long-
range business jet earned its Civil Aviation
Administration of China (CAAC) certification.
The privately owned 7X will be based in
Shenzhen. The French airframe manufacturer
is set to deliver two more aircraft of the type
to Chinese customers before the middle of the
Dassault is also developing its business
elsewhere. The manufacturer's Brazilian
service centre has been given US FAA Part 145
certification, meaning that the Sorocaba-based
facility can perform maintenance on US-
registered Falcon business jets.
Dassault delivers first Falcon 7X to China
Mercedes drives new
Jet Aviation Basel and Porsche Design Studio
in Austria's Zell am See are collaborating on
VVIP aircraft cabin interiors designs. Porsche
Design Studio joins a number of leading
interior design companies to work creatively
with Jet Aviation Basel's own in-house design
Charles Celli, senior vice-president
completions and general manager of Jet
Aviation Basel says: "With this collaboration,
the experience and highest quality standards
of Jet Aviation are combined with leading-
edge designs from the renowned Porsche
According to Roland Heiler, managing
director of the Porsche Design Studio at Zell
am See: "When designing for Porsche Design,
we place particular focus on technically
inspired, timeless products. It is that very
philosophy which will be the basis for our
aviation designs: not opulent but timeless,
purist and clear with the aim to distinguish
from traditional airplane interiors."
Jet Aviation's in-house design department is
choosy about who it works with, since its own
expertise is so well-developed.
"Porsche Design brings to the market
an exciting approach to aviation interiors.
However, in order to develop innovative, viable
products, you must also have a thorough
knowledge of the interior in which you are
working," says Manager Elisabeth Harvey.
"Our design team not only has a broad
in-depth knowledge and experience of
aircraft cabin interiors, but they are also able
to provide technical guidance, particularly
regarding engineering and certification
elements. It is this guidance, especially in the
early design phase, which is invaluable for our
clients to realize their wishes from concept
through to aircraft redelivery."
Jet Aviation, Porsche team up on interiors
NEWS IN BRIEF
HAINAN AIRLINES Group (HNA Group) announced
at the EBACE show that it had recently signed an
agreement with the local government in Beijing
to inject capital into Deer Air, renaming it Capital
Airlines. Deer Air, formally known as Deer Jet,
has been offering both charter and scheduled jet
services using a fleet of 19 Airbus A319s.
The luxury version of the EC145 was
conceived in a project led by the Mercedes-
Benz Advanced Design Studio in Como, Italy.
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