Airbus Helicopters, via its Helibras affiliate, has sold its third Airbus Corporate Helicopters ACH160, but first to be equipped with the new modular “Line Lounge” interior, to a customer in Brazil. The ACH160 is the premium variant of the new H160 medium twin certified by Brazil’s ANAC in September.
Line Lounge can be configured with bench seating for four to eight passengers or two forward-facing armchairs with a rear-facing bench and cabinet. The option also comes with several high-end interior features and finishes, including colors, leather patterns, metallic inserts and plating, and custom carpeting. Line Lounge is one of three interior configurations offered on the ACH160.
The multirole, intermediate-twin helicopter features 20 percent more cabin volume per passenger and 35 percent larger windows than legacy helicopters in its class. According to Airbus, the H160 makes extensive use of carbon-fiber composites in the fuselage and main rotor blades that enhance the helicopter’s corrosion resistance, especially in maritime operations. Power comes from a pair of Safran Arrano engines, and its Helionix avionics system incorporates a ground helipad-assisted takeoff procedure, vortex ring state pre-alerting system, and recovery mode to automatically regain stabilized flight.