Aviation leader Airbus has unveiled the new millionaire must-have luxury helicopter for the. The $22 million H160 VIP is a super-luxurious version of the world’s most technologically advanced chopper, and it’s a veritable Lamborghini for the skies.
The model is based on the H160, which is the world’s first all-composite civil helicopter. A lightweight whirlybird – it has a cruising speed of the blistering 185 mph with a range of 500 miles and a whisper-quiet ride for maximum comfort. Airbus Helicopters (formerly known under the brand Europcopter) spent over $1 billion developing the sleek ride.
The 12-passenger aircraft features plenty of space for a comfortable ride. Two new fuel-efficient Turbomeca Arrano turboshaft engines have been fitted to create upwards of 1,300 shaft horsepower. Airbus’ high tech new Blue Edge blades feature a hockey stick-shaped leading edge at the outer tip, which is specifically designed to reduce the noise generated by blade-vortex interaction.
The interior is clean, austere and light, upholstered in fine leather with wood and metal accents. It can be further customized to the buyer’s specifications. Airbus launched a design contest last fall with five top-flight design firms competing to be commissioned for the creation of the H160 VIP cabin interior. The company is pleased with the end result, calling it an “unrivalled combination of innovation, design and performance.”
Orders are not expected to begin delivery until 2018 while Airbus puts the finishing touches on the prototype. For now, the machine has a maximum altitude of 20,000 feet and performes turns at a jet-like 2.2G.