Aston Martin has paired up with Airbus to create a luxurious helicopter—the ACH130. The project took over a year to complete and marks the first time the British luxury automaker has ever worked on a helicopter. “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,” said Aston Martin’s VP and CCO Marek Reichman in a statement. That dedication to beautiful craftsmanship is on abundant display in this bespoke helicopter. Airbus agrees, noting that the ACH130 brings together “ACH’s key values of excellence, quality and service with Aston Martin’s commitment to beauty, handcrafting and automotive art to bring a new level of aesthetics and rigorous attention to detail to the helicopter market.”
There were, of course, challenges that had to be overcome as Aston Martin delved into a new territory. “This first application of our design practices to a helicopter posed a number of interesting challenges but we have enjoyed working through them,” said Reichman. What came of conquering those challenges is four different interior and exterior designs. The first option is a Stirling Green exterior paired with an Oxford Tan Leather and Pure Black Ultra-suede interior. Next is a Xenon Grey exterior with a Pure Black Leather and Pure Black Ultra-suede interior, followed by an Arizona Bronze exterior with a Cormant Leather and Pure Black Ultra-suede interior. The final offering is an Ultramarine Black exterior done with an Ivory Leather and Pure Black Ultra-suede interior. “On the rear of the front seats the same brogue detailing that is found in the DB11 runs down the of the seat and the doors have been trimmed with leather to provide passengers with comfortable touch points during flight,” explains Airbus.
The helicopter seats up to six passengers and has a range of almost 400 miles. It can fly at a maximum speed of 134 knots, or about 154.204 miles per hour. Airbus packed in plenty of new technology into this helicopter, including a new axial compressor, high pressure compressor diffusor, and new material in the high pressure turbine. Owners can also get their name added to a plaque on the instrument panel next to the logos and production number. Deliveries should start happening in the first quarter of 2020.