Aston Martin is taking to the air

Because a true driver does not restrict himself to a single type of machine, Aston Martin and Airbus are presenting a helicopter combining the best of the land and air.

Now there’s a vehicle that James Bond would love to get his hands on! It took a year of collaboration between the Airbus Corporate Helicopters engineers and the Aston Martin designers to intertwine the core values of the two brands, resulting in a blend of excellence, service quality, commitment to pure beauty and performance, advanced automotive technology and craftsmanship, even art. The goal (clearly achieved!) was to take the luxury helicopter segment to a new level of aesthetics and comfort.

“Aston Martin has always had a set of automotive design principles”, explains Marek Reichman, the brand’s Vice President and Chief Creative Officer. “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 has posed a number of interesting challenges but we have enjoyed working through them!” This special edition of the ACH130 helicopter comes in a range of four interior and exterior designs specially created by Aston Martin. Something that is sure to delight helicopter owners and pilots who appreciate the pleasures of possessing and driving high performance bespoke luxury cars. The four external liveries and complementary interiors 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, combined with brown leather seating in the cockpit. Further external liveries are available with other Aston Martin paint colours including Xenon Grey, Arizona and Ultramarine Black.

Brogue leather trimmings

Inside, the automotive-inspired cabin, which offers a higher level of comfort, is trimmed in Pure Black ultra-suede with a palette of selectable leathers typically used by Aston Martin (Oxford Tan, Pure Black, Cormorant and Ivory). “Beauty is of vital importance to Aston Martin and to our customers”, adds Marek Reichman. “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”.

On the rear of the front seats, the same brogue detailing that is found in a DB11 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!

Frédéric Lemos, Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, also commented: “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!”

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