German construction entrepreneur Urs Brunner and his wife, ethical fashion pioneer Daniela Brunner, have taken delivery of an ACH145 helicopter featuring a fully vegan interior.
The cabin of the aircraft is fitted with ACH's clean and modern ACH Line interior configuration in a grey theme but the leather elements essential to its luxury feel are replaced with Ultraleather which captures the visual and tactile leather experience with comparable durability. 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, founding 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 says: “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.”
Urs Brunner, an experienced helicopter and fixed-wing pilot, adds: “We both greatly appreciate the skill and imagination that went into devising and installing this interior.”