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Two customers sign up for EC 175’s VIP signature

Sept. 26, 2013, London, U.K. - Eurocopter has signed two customers for the VIP version of its EC175, with these bookings coming only six months after the twin-engine, medium-class helicopter was introduced to the upper-end market with a specially designed elegant and luxurious interior.


September 26, 2013
By Carey Fredericks

The two firm orders were announced by Eurocopter today at the U.K.
Helitech International exposition in London. Both rotorcraft are to be
delivered to the unnamed customers in 2016.

“This market response underscores the EC175 VIP’s unparalleled elements
of style and comfort,” said Olivier Lambert, Eurocopter’s Senior Vice
President for Sales and Customer Relations. “It combines the largest
cabin of any medium-sized twin-engine helicopter with a superior level
of interior cabin creativity from Pegasus Design’s Peder Eidsgaard,
whose worldwide reputation results from his work on business jets and
super yachts.”

Features of the EC175 VIP include a unique cabin layout with two seating
areas. The forward zone provides a lounge atmosphere with facing club
seating position for four passengers, while an aft sofa-style seat
comfortably accommodates three passengers. Options include
electrochromatic windows, an in-flight entertainment system with audio
and video interfaces, and wireless connectivity via satellite
communications links.

Eurocopter offers the EC175 VIP in three different styles, all
accommodating from six to eight passengers. Cabin outfitting and
completion of EC175 VIP helicopters will be performed by Eurocopter at
its Marignane, France production and delivery facility, providing the
company’s full resources for this top-of-the-line rotorcraft.

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The EC175 is Eurocopter’s new medium-class, twin-engine helicopter,
offering excellent range, performance and cruise speeds, while also
meeting the most demanding operational safety standards. It was
developed through extensive consultation with operators and end-users,
resulting in an optimized rotary-wing aircraft with the latest
state-of-the-art technology.

In all versions, the EC175 provides a jet-like smooth ride at all
speeds and a climate-controlled cabin – even when the main rotor is
stopped. Featuring more window area than walls, the rotorcraft ensures
panoramic views for all passengers, and it completes the upper end of
Eurocopter’s helicopter product line for the business and private
aviation sectors.

To date, Eurocopter has received total bookings for 48 EC175s.
Certification of the helicopter is targeted for early 2014, with the
first customer deliveries following during the year.


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