Aston Martin Lagonda and Airbus Corporate Helicopters have together developed a special edition helicopter that draws inspiration from the British automaker’s models. The ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, comes equipped with a range of four interior and exterior designs penned together by aeronautical designers at Airbus Corporate Helicopters and the automotive designers at Aston Martin.
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-exterior 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.
The automotive-inspired cabin is trimmed in Pure Black ultra-suede with a palette of selectable leathers comprising Oxford Tan, Pure Black, Cormorant and Ivory. The same brogue detailing that is found in a DB11 runs down the centre of the seats and the doors have been trimmed with leather.
“We have our own set of automotive design principles 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,” said Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman. “This first application of our design practices to a helicopter posed a number of interesting challenges but we have enjoyed working through them. Beauty is of vital importance to Aston Martin and to our customers and 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,” he added.
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.
“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 in developing this superb new ACH130 Aston Martin Edition,” said Frédéric Lemos, Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters.
The ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is available on request with deliveries taking place from Q1 2020.