Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) has sold the first ACH130 Aston Martin Edition in Latin America in a landmark deal announced at the NBAA Annual Convention that underlines its growing market presence in the region.

The helicopter is the 17th ACH130 Aston Martin Edition to be sold worldwide and is destined for a private Brazilian owner in the mid-west of the country.

It is the latest in a tradition of firsts for ACH in Brazil. In 2018 the first production ACH145 Line entered service with a Brazilian customer and in August this year the world’s first ACH160 was also delivered to a customer in the country.

ACH has built a market share of 70% in the private and business aviation market in Brazil which, with its vast land area and urban congestion challenges, is among the world’s most important helicopter markets.

Across Latin America ACH has a market share of 35%, with 268 helicopters in service.

The distinctive and stylish ACH130 Aston Martin Edition is a special version of the ACH130 featuring a range of interior and exterior designs created by Aston Martin which has captivated the imagination of helicopter owners who appreciate the thrill of piloting and the pleasure of driving luxury sports cars.

In May this year ACH committed to producing another 15 examples following the quicker than expected sales of the original run of 15.