New EMS helicopter orders for Airbus

News — 26.12.18 BY Jill Stockbridge
 

Airbus Helicopters is servicing the North American demand for emergency medical services helicopters.

Airbus Helicopters is expanding its presence in the North American emergency medical services (EMS) market with the sale of six helicopters for two customers.

REACH Air Medical Services will add three H125s and two H130s to its current fleet. The new aircraft slated for delivery later this year, will allow REACH to expand its service area while modernising its fleet.

Medical Air Rescue Company (MARC) has signed for its first Airbus helicopter, the H130. The acquisition is part of the company’s long-term plan to modernise its fleet and expand its operations into the challenging mountainous regions in Wyoming, where the aircraft will be based.

In March 2018, Boston MedFlight took delivery of its first of three H145s, becoming the first air medical company in the US to operate an H145 in EMS configuration. And in 2019, the H145 will begin EMS flights in Canada for the first time with Alberta-based STARS air ambulance.

 
 
 
 

STARS to receive Canada’s first H145 in HEMS configuration

Airbus’ H145 has been selected as the fleet replacement aircraft for STARS air ambulance aging fleet, becoming the first H145s in HEMS configuration to enter Canada.

The twin-engine H145 was chosen thanks to its exceptional HEMS heritage and safety record with its BK117 and EC145 predecessors. Offering the largest cabin in its class and unbeatable payload, the H145 is perfectly suited for STARS’ mission requirements.

The H145, with HEMS interior, will support STARS’ highly skilled professionals in providing a safe, rapid, highly specialised emergency medical transport for the critically ill and injured, many of which are located in rural areas.

 

 
 

The first tranche of H145s will be delivered in 2019 and will be based out of STARS’ Calgary, Alberta base.

Airbus Helicopters remains the leading provider of emergency medical helicopters for North American operators. More than 90 EMS operators in North America rely on more than 1,230 Airbus helicopters for their emergency care transport needs.

The helicopter is simply customised for intensive care transport, due to its easy and safe loading/unloading of patients through wide side sliding doors and large rear clamshell doors. The H145’s spacious, unobstructed cabin provides full body access and greater comfort for the medical crew, and its extremely low external sound levels allow neighbourhood-friendly operations around hospitals and in urban areas.

Airbus Helicopters remains the leading provider of emergency medical helicopters for North American operators. More than 90 EMS operators in North America rely on more than 1,230 Airbus helicopters for their emergency care transport needs.

 

 
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