Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first VIP version of the H175, its new medium-class twin-engine helicopter, which entered service in 2014 for offshore transportation. The VIP cabin was designed with Pegasus Design.
The helicopter was delivered to a customer who will operate it in Europe to complement their yacht. They decided on a seven-passenger VIP layout. The layout consists of two distinct seating areas: a forward zone that provides a lounge atmosphere, with facing club seating for four passengers and a galley, as well as sofa-style seating that accommodates three passengers at the rear.
Distinctive elements of the VIP version of the H175 include a hinged door designed to optimize space in the cabin; an electrical footstep; electronically dimmable windows; and mood lighting. Passengers will also have satcom connectivity and an IFE system with LCD screens, a moving map and images provided by the tail fin and tail skid cameras – all controllable through dedicated touchscreens or personal devices. The company says its soundproofing measures enable passengers to communicate without headsets.
The H175 can seat 6-8 passengers in VIP configuration, or 9-12 in an executive layout. All versions feature a climate-controlled cabin – even when the main rotor is stopped. Featuring more window area than walls, the rotorcraft is designed to provide panoramic views for all passengers. The second VIP H175 is scheduled for delivery later in 2016.
July 13, 2016