Eurocopterâ€™s â€œLâ€™HÃ©licoptÃ¨re par HermÃ¨sâ€ is making its first appearance at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2010, with this exclusive EC135 VIP helicopter being exhibited on the 214-foot yacht Feadship Trident. Eurocopterâ€™s participation at this yearâ€™s Monaco Yacht Show underscores the companyâ€™s important presence in the VIP, business and private-owner markets. Eurocopter was one of the first helicopter manufacturers to invest its efforts in support of the yacht industry, as these rotary-wing aircraft are increasingly considered a complementary transportation means for boat owners and their guests.
â€œLâ€™HÃ©licoptÃ¨re par HermÃ¨sâ€ brings together Eurocopterâ€™s best-selling light multi-mission, twin-engine helicopter with the savoir-faire of HermÃ¨s, which has accompanied discerning travelers for more than 170 years.
The technically-advanced and comfortable EC135 provides an ideal template for the HermÃ¨s designers and craftsmen to create a VIP aircraft, combining a spacious cabin and a seating capacity for four or five passengers, with unobstructed flat floors, lateral sliding doors and ample storage space â€“ along with a smooth ride and low interior noise levels.
â€œLâ€™HÃ©licoptÃ¨re par HermÃ¨sâ€ is an example of how Eurocopter constantly applies the companyâ€™s innovation to develop new products and further enhance its aircraft in terms of comfort, flexibility and style â€“ while also meeting the requirements of VIP and corporate operators.
For â€œLâ€™HÃ©licoptÃ¨re par HermÃ¨sâ€, HermÃ¨s designers performed a full make-over of the cabin, with surfaces from floor to ceiling covered in â€œToile Hâ€ â€“ the signature HermÃ¨s canvas used to manufacture the firmâ€™s travelware since the 1920s. The seats are handcrafted for exceptional comfort, and upholstered in naturally-grained and highly-resistant calf leather.
Other HermÃ¨s touches include the use of consoles, drawers and cabinets that are recessed or placed entirely out of view, while a sliding glass partition separates passenger compartment and cockpit to enhance privacy while allowing light to enter from the aircraftâ€™s fore-section.
For the exterior, the EC135 helicopterâ€™s landing gear has been redesigned to allow for easier and more elegant access to the cabin, while a choice of four colors is offered for the aircraftâ€™s paint scheme.
â€œLâ€™HÃ©licoptÃ¨re par HermÃ¨sâ€ was launched by Eurocopter in late 2007, and the first aircraft was delivered to a customer in the spring of 2009. In addition to the â€œLâ€™HÃ©licoptÃ¨re par HermÃ¨sâ€, Eurocopter also has developed the Stylence concept, a combination of style and silence that creates fully-equipped, highly functional in-flight offices for business executives and companies, which is used for its EC120, EC130, EC145, and AS350/AS355 Ecureuil family.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 15,600 people. In 2009, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the worldâ€™s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.6 billion Euros, orders for 344 new helicopters, and a 52 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Groupâ€™s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 10,500 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.