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EUROCOPTER EC135 l’Hélicoptère par Hermès

Makes First UK Appearance at Helitech

Eurocopter has chosen Helitech 2009 as platform to present the EC135 l’Hélicoptère par Hermès for the first time in the United Kingdom. The aircraft is on display on the company’s booth #906. Eurocopter and Hermès created this state-of-the-art aeronautical product that is harmonised and blended to suit the needs of VIP and business travellers who enjoy travelling in style.

The Narita Airline Connection Service in Tokyo, a new helicopter transportation service set up by Mori Building Co. Ltd. and Mori Building City Air Service Co. Ltd of Japan, has just launched – on September 16 – a helicopter service from busy Narita Airport to downtown Tokyo offering an EC135 “l’Hélicoptère par Hermés” for the ride. The 78-km trip which takes around 90 minutes by bus is cut down to 30 minutes by the helicopter which clearly meets the high standards of globetrotting VIPs and business executives.

In the United Arab Emirates, Falcon Air Services of Abu Dhabi have been operating a “l’Hélicoptère par Hermès” since May 2009 for executive transport missions, offering a unique travelling experience to its customers. Eurocopter has sold a total of five “Hermès EC135s” to date.

l ’Hélicoptère par Hermès: Elegance in Motion

“L’Hélicoptère par Hermès” is a singular venture in collaborative engineering and design which was not founded on a straightforward combination of skills, (technical on one hand and “decorative” on the other) but on a truly mutual evolution of dialogue and research between Eurocopter engineers and Hermès designers and craftsmen. The key concept of “l’Helicoptère par Hermès” is: the passenger is all important. Issues of style versus engineering are resolved to provide an uncompromisingly user-centric experience.

Based on the EC135, the world leader in the new generation of light, twin-engine helicopters, “l’Hélicoptère par Hermès” unites the most advanced aircraft technologies developed by Eurocopter with the savoir-faire of Hermès, which has accompanied discerning travellers for more than 170 years.

Combining a spacious cabin with a seating capacity for four passengers, ample storage compartment and lateral sliding doors, the EC135 - Eurocopter’s best-selling light multimission, twin-engined helicopter with an unusually low noise-signature - provided an ideal template for the Hermès designer and craftsmen. Hermès’ distinctive signature is apparent across the aircraft’s exterior and interior design treatment.

Sliding doors on the EC135 open to reveal an interior configuration that is pure, light-filled and unexpectedly spacious. The cabin was completely redesigned by Hermés Interior and Design to maximize available space. Canvas “Toile H”, traditionally used by Hermés for travel goods, is used to cover the cockpit. Seats and banquette are handcrafted for exceptional comfort, and upholstered in calf leather, naturally grained and highly resistant. A sliding glass partition now separates the passenger compartment and cockpit, enhancing privacy while allowing light to enter from the aircraft’s fore-section. The landing gear has been redesigned to allow for easier and more elegant access to the cabin.

About Eurocopter
Established in 1992, the Franco-German- Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 15,600 people. In 2008, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter man

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