The aeronautical designers at Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) and the automotive designers at Aston Martin have worked closely together for over a year to launch the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition helicopter.
British luxury automotive brand Aston Martin has its own set of automotive design principles but in recent years the house has been learning how to apply these principles to other areas of design, such as architecture, motorcycles and now helicopters.
For those who appreciate the pleasures of possessing and driving high-performance bespoke luxury cars, Airbus Corporate Helicopters and Aston Martin unveiled the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, the first offering from the recently-announced partnership. The ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is available on request with deliveries taking place from Q1 2020.
According to Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, this first application of Aston Martin’s design practices to a helicopter “posed a number of interesting challenges but we have enjoyed working through them”.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.
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 ultra- suede 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.