Airbus delivers India’s first INR 100 crore luxury helicopter to Kerala billionaire

B Ravi Pillai, chairman of RP Group of companies, on March 20 became the first Indian to own an Airbus H 145 helicopter, estimated to be worth around INR 100 crore.

The helicopter was delivered by Airbus in Kovalam and took its inaugural flight from Kovalam to The Raviz Ashtamudi with the RP Group Vice-Chairman on board.

Airbus delivers India’s first INR 100 crore luxury helicopter to Kerala billionaire

The helicopter is the first Airbus D3 helicopter in India and the first five-bladed H145 helicopter in Asia. It is capable of handling up to seven passengers and two pilots and can land on and take off even at altitudes as high as 20,000 feet above sea level.

The RP Group has helipads at The Raviz Kadavu in Kozhikode, The Raviz Ashtamudi in Kollam, and The Raviz Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram.

The H145 is the latest member of Airbus’ four-tonne-class twin-engine rotorcraft product range. The 68-year-old Ravi Pillai is worth USD 2.5 billion and has on his various company rolls about 70,000 employees.

Airbus H145 Helicopter’s Luxurious Interiors

The helicopter is a small-sized machine, as per the company, it gets a small footprint and flexible cabin making it ideal for multiple purposes. The H145 is the most recent addition to Airbus’ four-tonne-class twin-engine rotorcraft lineup.

The H145 family of helicopters include BK117, EC145 and the H145; it has close to 1,500 helicopters in service worldwide and has clocked more than six million flight hours.

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