Posted on: 14 July 2016 by Mark Howells
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first VIP version of the H175, the company’s new medium-class twin-engine helicopter, which entered service in 2014 for offshore transportation.
The VIP version of the H175 offers a cabin interior provided by Pegasus Design.“The first delivery of a new version of the H175 is an important milestone for our company and for the H175 programme. 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 a complement to the yacht, the H175 offers a totally personalised VVIP cabin comfortably accommodating seven passengers. The aircraft features a unique 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 that comfortably accommodates three passengers at the rear.In addition to the exclusive cabin and the refinement of materials, the VIP version of the H175 offers electronically dimmable windows and mood lighting. Passengers will also enjoy in-flight connectivity with satcom, an 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. The soundproof cabin allows passengers to communicate without headsets.This is the first delivery of the VIP version with a second one following later in the year.