Airbus Helicopters partners with Peugeot Design Lab, resulting in a brand new Airbus helicopter dubbed 'H160', which is making its debut at the biennial Dubai Airshow.
Set for production in 2016, the new medium-twin helicopter is designed to serve various purposes – from service to offshore oil rig platforms, public service missions, medical evacuations and coastal surveillance to private and business aviation.
The initial plans for the futuristic-looking aircraft's exterior design were drawn up by Peugeot Design Lab and later adapted, developed and fine-tuned by Airbus Helicopters own design team. The result is a sleek and dynamic H160, presenting the new style of future helicopters.
It's more quiet, so the flying experience for commercial passengers is a more pleasant one than before. Among other features, designers equipped the helicopter with tapered windows, a revamped nose and various innovations, such as an airframe made from composite materials, a biplane stabilizer, a canted tail rotor and Blue Edge blades.
"We used the initial styling developed by Peugeot Design Lab to define a strong personality for the rotorcraft -- a mirror reflection of the innovation, performance and emotion unique to the H160. We developed a helicopter based on the Peugeot Design Lab design, which immediately caught the attention of both operators and the general public. Style has become a key priority for the H160 programme, which aims to make a strong impression both with its unique personality and its performance," said Guillaume Chielens, Head of Style and Design at Airbus Helicopters.
Airbus Helicopters is presenting its new civil helicopter, the H160, at the Dubai Airshow taking place from 8 to 12 November 2015. The international event drew over 60,000 visitors in 2013, even more are expected to attend this year.