This week, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours unveiled its new Airbus H130 helicopters, which will be used on board Scenic Eclipse, the world’s first discovery yacht.
Scenic Eclipse will feature the new helicopters, which will be used for excursions that bring guests even closer to the natural sites that the yachts are designed to explore. As one of the quietest helicopters in the market, the reduced sound levels of the H130 are below the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirement and is quieter than the most restrictive sound limits defined for flights over national parks, animal and nature reserves across the world.
“Scenic has always sought to venture beyond the horizon and with our helicopters we provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy unparalleled access to some of nature’s most beautiful sites,” said Scenic founder and chairman, Glen Moroney, in press materials. “We have specifically selected this model for its wide, unobstructed cabin space which can accommodate the pilot and up to six passengers with outstanding visibility for all passengers.”
Specific modifications have been made to the H130 to ensure it meets the requirements of Scenic in terms of safety and guest comfort. These include Bose noise canceling headsets; five cameras fitted to the interior and exterior of the helicopter to provide guests with footage of their flight; custom leather seats and interior fit out; and a blue tooth audio system allowing music to be a part of the guest experience. As the H130 has been designed to be carried on board the Scenic Eclipse, it has also been fitted with a quick rotor blade fold kit to allow the ship to have a smaller hangar than is usually required.