MedAire, which provides international aviation and maritime clients with medical and security services, acquired Yacht Lifeline, a supplier to the high-end yacht market of medical aid, kits and training services. “The merger of brands and products delivers a higher level of medical and travel safety for owners, captains and management companies,” according to Grant Jeffery, MedAire’s CEO.
Charter operator VistaJet has taken luxury a step further with a cabin makeover that includes everything from cashmere blankets to designer uniforms for the crew.
Helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter, designer Andrew Winch and luxury yacht specialist Edmiston introduced a stylish new completion scheme for the EC 155 at the Monaco Yacht Show last fall.
The helicopter features raised, polished stainless-steel stripes on both sides of
the exterior. The aircraft’s belly and top fuselage are painted as faux teak “as a
reference to yacht aesthetics.”
Rainsford Mann Design (RMD) opened its doors as an aircraft cabin concept designer in January last year, teaming with independent completion and refurbishment center Altitude Aerospace Interiors of Auckland, New Zealand, to create a bespoke 787-8 interior.
Since then, RMD Air has taken on redesign of a Global 5000, as well as a preliminary study concept for a BBJ2 client.
Avolus, which bills itself as a provider of fully integrated luxury travel, announced plans to expand its reach in Europe, Russia, the CIS, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The company has appointed Keith Thomas managing director for the Middle East. Avolus is a broker that provides charter of private jets, helicopters, yachts and limousines; block fractional and block hours; and aircraft sales and acquisitions.
Aero Toy Store is well known for its available inventory of private jets, including the exclusive Pininfarina Edition aircraft with boutique cabins for the discerning client. Now the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company is going to sea, purchasing and selling luxury yachts.
Can you think of a product on sale here that has even more passenger space than a VVIP Airbus A380? Hint: A helipad can be accommodated on its rear deck. You get it: it is a 260-foot yacht.
It’s one of the world’s more exclusive clubs, made up of pilots whose job in the growing world of luxury superyachts is helicopter operations.
No one seems to know exactly how many pilots are actively engaged in this calling, but best estimates put the number at barely 50, based on the fact that no more than 50 superyachts worldwide can support helicopter operations.