No! Airbus is not entering the luxury yacht business. They just intend to make the commute easier for owners of super yachts from shore to their luxury abode anchored off the Cote de Azure. Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) will demonstrate arguably the world’s most advanced medium helicopter the ACH 160 to prospective customers at the Monaco Yacht Show, the foremost show for super yachts in the world.
The interiors of the ACH 160 have been jointly designed by ACH Creative Style Studio and Harrison Eidsgaard, one of the most sought after names in the superyacht design industry. To facilitate yacht designers integrate the ACH with new yacht designs, Airbus will be launching the ACH Yacht Interface App. This tool provides key preliminary information for incorporating ACH helicopters on-board and serves to prevent costly retrofits.
The ACH is available with customised interiors and carry up to 10 passengers. It has an endurance of 4 and a half hours and a top speed of 155 knots (279 km/h).