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Can’t stand the thought of driving your Aston Martin to the airport, only to climb into your mundanely appointed helicopter? Not to worry, Bunky. Airbus has unveiled the first ACH130 Aston Martin Edition flying machine.

Airbus Corporate Helicopters and Aston Martin Lagonda will offer four special design to “delight helicopter owners and pilots who appreciate the pleasures of possessing and driving high performance bespoke luxury cars.”

Seating for 6

Four versions will be available with special interiors features and exterior liveries.

The first such aircraft, unveiled January 3 at Courchevel, France, seats 6 and features the Stirling Green theme with exterior paint that fades down to Jet Black on the underside of the craft with Skyfall Silver around the cowlings.  Xenon Grey, Arizona or Ultramarine Black schemes also will be available.

Inside, Pure Black ultra-suede and Oxford Tan, Pure Black, Cormorant and Ivory leather will be offered. 

Everything is leather lined

“We have our own set of automotive design principles but in recent years we have been learning how to apply our principles to other areas of design, such as architecture, motorcycles and now helicopters,” said Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer. “This first application of our design practices to a helicopter posed a number of interesting challenges but we have enjoyed working through them. 

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“Beauty is of vital importance to Aston Martin and to our customers and we think the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is an inherently beautiful machine. It provided a wonderful canvas for our team to work on so we now look forward to seeing everybody’s reaction.”

To place your order, visit the Airbus Corporate Helicopters website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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