23 May 2011

Floating Over Metropolis on Gossamer Wings

Eurocopter and Mercedes-Benz Give Birth to the Luxury Helicopter in Geneva

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 gossamer airship dreams of their forebears one-step closer to Teutonic reality.

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).  It's also believed to be able to travel 300 nautical miles without refueling. 

But, this aircraft is first and foremost all about the luxury, what any right-minded billionaire executive or superstar athlete or pampered rockstar needs to get them from their G550 parked in a hangar in Nice Côte d'Azur Airport over to their awaiting mega yacht anchored miles away in Cannes.   Upscale styling of the EC145 comes courtesy of Mercedes-Benz’s Advanced Design Studio out of Como, Italy, options and customization 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.   


18 comments:

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I will take 2! Can you imagine, I sure can?! Take me to the alps with the mini fridge stocked with Dr. Pepper and I'd be one happy gal. Leave it to Mercedes Benz, they truly know high class and amazing style and how to get there.

x Deb

Caleb S. Garcia said...

"EVERYBODY TO THE CHOPPER!" - Ah Nuld

Lou said...

When you get yours you can land it in our field if you like.

Barbara said...

Are you ordering, leasing, borrowing or cadging?

Michelloui | The American Resident said...

Well why not? :)

Jg. for FatScribe said...

Ms. Deb -- yup. i can imgagine. i mean if harrison ford has a couple of heelos, what not you and me?

Caleb -- exactly. ahhnuld, i don't think has one.

Jg. for FatScribe said...

lou -- that does sound straight out of a novel, landing in one's field. you know, there is a luxury watch brand called bremont which these two brothers claim was named after the gentleman's field in which they crash-landed.

babs -- after reading about your south pacific adventures, i'm sure a measly little helicopter will not provide requisite thrills ...

American Resident (one of my fave expats!) -- loved reading about your trials and travails re: your passport. 20 years a resident and they still treat you like that!

indeed, why not?

;)

christian soldier said...

when I was a kid - I honestly thought that everyone would have their own helos to 'drive'--
a couple of years ago-
three big guys + my off-spring-stood in front of me and stated-"Carol-you drive on the Ventura all of the time and know how dumb many drivers are--do you really want them in helicopters?!!!"
Noooooo!
It would be cool to have one though!
Carol-CS

Sandy K. said...

Wow. So much luxury for so few. Or is it really so few any more? I've never been interested in helicopters, but this one might actually be luxurious enough to help me forget that I'm in one!

Julia Christie said...

Done deal- I'll take one! Smiles

Glad you got a kick out of my latest piece; must say I considered it a challenge from a friend, never mind the Internet, and therefore irresistible!!! Found myself asking "why don't I draw men?"

I Can't say I won't try again, but there was no 'magic' while creating this fellow and when that happens it's terribly challenging to keep on with it.

Have you ever experienced that when writing Jg? A subject that just doesn't flow?

How goes the hunt for a new bearer of favorite shirts?
She's out there for you I just know it!

Smiles

Ellinor Forje said...

You have an eclectic spread of photos here. Nice. Thanks for sharing and feel free to drop by me too, soon.

Cheers.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WELL I AM EXTREMELY IMPRESSED and honored that you came to visit my silly attempt at poetry today!!! YOU KNOW WHO YOU SHOULD GO VISIT IS MY HUSBAND with Rattus Scribus. HE IS THE REAL writer of the family. He is actually a part of this Paris party and the only MAN...he is brave, indeed. AND...teeeheee..."BALZAC" the fox terrier got his name from yours truly after an encounter on La Rue St Honoré. We were entering a chic boutique when suddenly this darling but RUDE little terrier comes to the door and would NOT allow me in. He probably sensed that I had no money. He turned his back side to us and well, showed us his...teeeheee....HENCE the name BALZ....AC. It stuck in my deranged brain since. Many thanks for your visit and do visit Rattus Scribus. He is quite the WIT that man!

Fondly, Anita

Ruben Rivera said...

Hi JG.
So nice to find your blog. I enjoy your humorous tone. One of my blogs, Rattus Scribus, started out that way and got more serious. So I created Heavenly Minded & Earthly Good for the more serious, and keep Rattus for the more humorous.

I tried joining as a follower but blogger didn't let me. I'll keep trying.

The luxury helo? Another example of the current plutonomy: fab and freaky at the same time.

Loved your previous post. Nice conclusion: "...we should seek to be childlike, not childish; and that the key to staying inspired is to see and to think about the world horizontally, where we can find inspiration from all of the things around us..." Paul Smith.

Good advice.
Cheers
Ruben

Shelley said...

I can see the attraction of these things, but my daydreams wander more in the direction of public transport that incorporates an element of voluntary exercise. Like if you get on and pedal to help the thing move you pay less for your journey... Weird idea, I know.

preppyplayer said...

Top shelf! And leave it to the Germans to have such stellar design. Have you seen the Leibherr refrigerators?
I would fly on one.

Julia Christie said...

Thanks for the props on my little piece of writing - Sincerely appreciated coming from such a talented writer as yourself!!!

That's just plain english - no smoke :-)

Smiles

Does the notion of sacrifice even exist as a norm in today's society???

Go2Gal said...

not only is it gorgeous, it is a fabulous ride!

Ruben Rivera said...

Hi JG,

One aspiring writer to another, you might be interested in my latest post on Heavenly Minded & Earthly Good.

All the best