Airbus Corporate Helicopters has delivered the first of two ACH145 helicopters to an existing private customer as the first step in a fleet renewal program. The two aircraft will be primarily flown from super yachts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean regions on behalf of the owner who is described as a highly experienced user of Airbus helicopters.
Isle of Man-based helicopter management and operation specialist Luviair will manage the ACH145s, as well as an ACH160 that has been acquired. The three aircraft will replace three helicopters currently in service.
The second ACH145 will be delivered in the final quarter of 2019 and the ACH160, which will be used for onshore transport, will be delivered following certification.
Luviair has operated a fleet of VIP Airbus helicopters for almost 20 years, managing every aspect of its clients’ operations from operational bases in London, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and on board some of the largest superyachts in the world.
The ACH145s feature the ACH Line interior cabin concept in a bespoke version designed by London-headquartered Harrison Eidsgaard, which also created the exterior livery inspired by the yacht environment.
“We greatly value our relationship with this customer who knows our aircraft well, and we strongly appreciate their loyalty in selecting the ACH145 and, in particular, the new ACH160 after nearly two decades of operating Airbus helicopters,” said Frederic Lemos, head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters. “The transition to this new generation of Airbus helicopters is a clear demonstration that the ACH160 meets the demanding requirements of the most discerning corporate helicopter customers.”
The full ACH helicopter range consists of the ACH125, ACH130, ACH135, ACH145, ACH160 and ACH175 variants of Airbus Helicopters’ family of light and medium models. A range of premium-design aircraft completions, including bespoke solutions, is available for all models.