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Mercedes-Benz Eurocopter EC145 heads for China

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China’s Henan New Continental Business Aviation has become the first Asian company to buy a EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter from Eurocopter.

Designed in collaboration with the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Como, Italy, the twin-engined aircraft is made for high-end, VIP operations. Its interior design, which is said to feature high quality materials, elegant woods and ambient cabin lighting, is inspired by Mercedes-Benz cars. It has a versatile and easily transformable cabin suitable for a broad range of activities.

Henan New Continental plans to use the EC145MB to spearhead the creation of a helicopter fleet that will meet China’s growing demand for VIP and business passenger transport. To this end, the company has also bought an AS350 B3e from Eurocopter’s Ecureuil family.

The latest version of the French company’s popular single-engine workhorse – which has a wide cabin, high cruise speed and low vibration levels for passengers – features a more powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine with a longer life cycle and lower maintenance costs, next-generation FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control), an improved interior design and tail rotor modifications for additional ease of piloting.

“While VIP helicopter transportation in China is relatively young, the customers’ needs are maturing rapidly,” Henan chairman Zhou Suiji said in a statement. “With the EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter and the AS350 B3e, we will be able to meet and exceed their expectations of comfort and exclusivity.”

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