Very Impressive ✪
Available in VIP and executive versions, the new medium-class twin-engine Eurocopter EC175 (800.873.0001, www.eurocopterusa.com) features a 434-cubic-foot cabin, a cruise speed in excess of 170 mph, and a range just beyond 690 miles.
The VIP version, which seats six to eight passengers, is offered with a choice of three interior-design motifs created by Pegasus Design, the London-based completions firm that specializes in interiors for yachts and private jets. The look of the Rhapsody cabin is inspired by modern sports cars; the Symphony has a contemporary French flair; and the Allegory is intended to evoke a European villa. The executive version of the EC175 accommodates nine to 12 passengers. Both iterations of the aircraft have big, square windows that allow natural light to flood the cabin. Both versions will be priced at about $22.5 million.
Eurocopter began designing this model from the ground up eight years ago; the first prototype flew in 2009. Certification of the EC175 in the United States and Europe is expected in early 2014, and the company plans to begin initial deliveries soon thereafter. The first VIP delivery is scheduled for 2015.