Airbus Corporate Helicopters held a pre-EBACE press conference today, to provide updates and answer questions on their products – the exclusive ACH aspect of their product lines.
As part of this, ACH confirmed to HeliHub.com that they have now secured seven orders for the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, although did not provide any further information on destination customers or countries beyond what had previously been announced. In October 2020, we reported that customers in Canada and New Zealand had placed orders and that the demonstrator had been sold and was operating in Guatemala.
The Aston Martin Edition aircraft arrive from the factory in France to Airbus Helicopters’ base at Oxford UK for their completion program, which involves specialists from Aston Martin’s facility at Gaydon – 36 miles north of Oxford. The aircraft are then delivered from the UK to the purchaser.
The automotive heritage to Aston Martin supercars is clearly evident in this special edition helicopter, with plenty of hand completed features, including the same brogue detailing found on the Aston Martin DB11 road car. The demonstrator aircraft which HeliHub inspected at a private launch in December 2019 (and then appeared at Heli Expo in January 2020) was finished principally in their Oxford Tan leather, each headrest features the iconic Aston Martin wings badge has been synonymous with the brand since 1927, and today’s logo has hardly changed since 1932. The floor treatment is edged in leather, the door pockets are leather, and the seating has the same sumptuous feel as the road cars. The panel is covered in black alcantara to round off the whole effect.
Edition number 001 (below) was finished in Aston Martin’s famous Sterling Green colour, fading down to Jet Black on the underside of the helicopter, with Skyfall Silver around the cowlings. The other three available liveries are based on the Aston Martin paint colours of Xenon Grey, Arizona and Ultramarine Black.