Once upon a time, German engineers of the Bauhaus and modernist design movement imagined a world of silvery zeppelin floating magically aloft, ferrying smartly dressed luxury passengers to and fro successful business meetings in the city or family trips to the Alps. Enter the EC145, modern lovechild of Mercedes-Benz and Eurocopter, bringing the Teutonic airship dreams of their forebears one-step closer.
Wrapped in iconic Mercedes-Benz silver, with tinted windows to keep the pesky paparazzi at bay, the EC145 is luxury cabin down below and flight muscle up top with a twin-engine turbine power plant providing passengers with cruising speed of 150mph (and top-speed believed to be around 170mph).
But, this aircraft is first and foremost all about the luxury, what any right-minded billionaire executive or athlete or rockstar needs to get from their G550 parked in a hangar in Nice Côte d'Azur Airport to their mega yacht anchored miles away in Cannes.
Upscale styling comes courtesy of Mercedes-Benz’s Advanced Design Studio out of Como, Italy, options and customizations aplenty. Sumptuous seating of the finest material for up to 8 passengers is available, with wood flooring and stately trim throughout the cabin bathed in ambient lighting of various colors and brightness.
The EC145, first premiered in Geneva, also offers 15” HD touch screen monitor, a fridge to chill the Dom for après ski, and configurable seating arrangement allowing for more or less storage in the rear of the aircraft depending upon surfboards, bikes, golf clubs and the like. If more storage is needed, seating in the spacious cabin can be adjusted down to seat four passengers.