This EC145 Not Just a Helicopter, It’s a Mercedes-Benz

 - May 5, 2010, 8:17 AM

Eurocopter yesterday at EBACE unveiled the EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style, a version of the light twin helicopter that features aesthetic and practical changes to both the interior and exterior. The cabin can seat up to eight passengers in a business layout or can be reduced to four places to accommodate more cargo, thanks to cabin seats mounted on rails that facilitate configuration changes. The aft wall, which also is moveable, can slide to alter the size of the luggage compartment. Passengers can adjust the intensity and color of the ambient lighting, a feature borrowed from Mercedes E- and S-Class cars. Customers can choose from several kinds of wood for the floor and ceiling and from a selection of fabrics and colors for the seats. Externally, the nose has been redesigned and the shape of the skids’ legs modified. The first EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style will fly in August or September. First delivery of the $8 million helicopter is expected in the fourth quarter of next year. The EC145 is the first product in Eurocopter’s newly launched Mercedes-Benz Style range.