Eurocopter Uncovers VIP, Executive Versions of EC175

 - May 21, 2013, 2:02 PM

Eurocopter revealed a mockup of the executive version of its EC175 medium-twin helicopter today at EBACE and is also offering an even more luxurious VIP version. Prices for the new variants are around €17 million ($22 million) and vary with options. The VIP version is some €500,000 ($650,000) more expensive than the executive option.

Cabin interior designer Peter Eidsgaard of Pegasus Desig explained that he wanted to “remove the feeling of a helicopter” and wanted the cabin interior to look like a house, jet or yacht. He “simplified lines” in an attempt to make the background adaptable to the various versions. In addition to the executive version (nine to twelve passengers), three styles for the VIP variant (six to eight passengers) are available.

Frédéric Lemos, Eurocopter’s senior manager for business and private aviation, said executive/VIP sales are expected to reach a combined five examples per year. He expressed hope that the MoU for the first VIP EC175 will be converted to a firm order before EBACE 2013 closes on Thursday. The first delivery is planned to take place late in 2015. Lemos clarified that the executive/VIP EC175 will not be sold in China, due to Eurocopter’s agreement with Avic on the joint EC175/AC352 program.