ACH delivers vegan interior

Airbus Corporate Helicopters’ (ACH) design team has fitted the interior of an ACH145 with vegan materials at the request of a customer.

The aircraft was ordered by German construction entrepreneur Urs Brunner, whose wife is ethical fashion pioneer Daniela Brunner.

Its cabin is fitted with the ACH Line interior configuration in a grey theme but the leather elements essential to its luxury feel have been replaced with Ultraleather which captures the visual and tactile leather experience, and is similarly durable.

Items that had to be specially designed and fabricated in the replacement material include the six passenger seats, central storage cabinet, rear partition and cockpit controls cuffs.

Ms Brunner, founder and owner of specialist fashion house Giulia & Romeo, which has no animal products involved in its range and donates all its profits to animal welfare, wanted the helicopter to be consistent with her ethical values.

Head of ACH Frederic Lemos said: “We’re very proud of our team’s work in creating this bespoke ACH Line interior. The material that we used is certified for aviation use and is hard wearing, but it can only be stretched in one direction which means it is a challenge to work with, particularly on the seats.

“This is where the craftsmanship of our hands-on team became crucial and I am delighted to say that we found a practical way to meet our customer’s desires which also looks superb.”