Speedway Aviation orders first U.S. EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style

Speedway Aviation in New Hampshire has placed the first U.S.-based order for the new EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter, featuring an exclusive, special edition package.
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The aircraft is the result of a collaborative effort between Eurocopter and Mercedes Benz, and is the third special edition EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style to be produced since its introduction in late 2010.
JBI Helicopters of New Hampshire will be managing the newest EC145 Mercedes Benz-Style helicopter for Speedway Aviation once it is delivered to its New England based owners in 2013. 
The Eurocopter product was selected because of its safety record, reliability, and supportability, said Kurt West, vice president of JBI Helicopter Service. The Mercedes-Benz Style package was the perfect complement to an already impressive product and the client sees the value in having the leaders in automotive interior design working with the helicopter experts.
Created by the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Division based in Como, Italy, the package features leather and wood appointments, an advanced in-flight entertainment system, ambient lighting, modular reconfigurable storage cabinets, and the choice of up to eight-place seating. The design team has also modified the external look of the EC145 with a redesign of the front end, special shrouding for the skid gear, and a custom paint scheme.  
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Its the perfect marriage of the safest, most reliable, helicopter in its class and a stylish finish created by Mercedes-Benz, said American Eurocopters vice president of commercial sales and marketing, Treg Manning. We are confident that our clients here in the U.S. will be impressed when they see this special edition EC145 and expect there will be an increasing demand for the aircraft, particularly since the package will also be available on the next generation EC145 T2. Once that aircraft enters full production, we are sure to see the relationship with Mercedes-Benz continue for years to come.

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