Luxo-Helo Ordered By Falcon Aviation Services
Add another entrant into the luxury-helicopter game, on the
heels of AgustaWestland's partnership with Versace. Eurocopter
announced this week at EBACE 2008 the sale of its first EC135
'l’Hélicoptère par Hermès' to Falcon
Aviation Services (FAS), provider of high-level aviation charter
services in the UAE and Gulf regions.
"The clientele in the business aviation market is highly
demanding. In addition to being an efficient, convenient and safe
means of transport, the helicopter also has to sport a classy
design and elegant interiors in order to provide a unique
travelling experience for our customers - one that combines style
and comfort. We believe to have risen up to the challenge with the
"l’Hélicoptère par Hermès," said
Philippe Harache, Eurocopter's Senior Executive Vice-President.
"We are extremely honored to be the first customer for this
exclusive "l’Hélicoptère par Hermès,"
said FAS Chairman Salem Al Kayoumi. "Inside this helicopter where
single minute detail is well designed and well thought of, it is as
if we are entering a "cocooned" zone of comfort where all our needs
are taken care of, leaving us the luxury of travelling in peace
without having to neither worry nor think about anything.
Based on the popular EC135, 'l’Hélicoptère
par Hermès' unites the latest and most advanced aircraft
technologies developed by Eurocopter with the savoir-faire of
Hermès, which has accompanied discerning travellers for more
than 170 years. Starting with the EC135's spacious cabin with a
seating capacity for four passengers, Hermès designer and
craftsmen added a choice of four colors for the exterior paint
scheme and five for the interiors, in any combination.
Sliding doors on the helicopter open to reveal an interior
configuration that is "sober, lightfilled and unexpectedly
spacious," according to Eurocopter. The cabin was completely
redesigned by Hermès Interior and Design to maximize
available space, with surfaces from floor to ceiling covered in
‘Toile H’, a signature Hermès canvas used to
manufacture the firm’s luggage since the 1920s.
Seats are handcrafted for exceptional comfort, and upholstered
in calf leathers, naturally grained and highly resistant.
Addressing a commonly expressed wish, the craftmen of Hermès
Interior and Design have optimized the use of fabrics and leathers
to soften ambient noise and vibration. Consoles, drawers and
cabinets have been recessed or placed entirely out of view.
A sliding glass partition now separates passenger compartment
and cockpit, enhancing privacy while allowing light to enter from
the aircraft’s forward section.