iPMI Magazine - European Air Ambulance Fleet Renewal Indicates Strength and Reliability

iPMI Magazine Air Ambulance Owner Operator and Medical Transportation Breaking News 28-9-2012
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Sept. 28, 2012 - PRLog -- European Air Ambulance has commenced the process of renewing its existing fleet of LearJet 35A aircraft, replaying them with the larger LearJet 45XR.

So far EAA has purchased two of the new jets, and we can report nothing but positive following the decision. The aircraft is a perfect fit for EAA and our clients. Upgrading to the 45XR mean we have minimal overheads regarding additional training for pilot and crew, and it allowed us to maintain our relationship with a trusted manufacturer. The middle of a recession may seem a strange time to consider fleet renewal, but the timing is actually ideal.

It shows our clients that we are a strong, reliable and stable long-term partner, even in a period of insecurity. The move up to the 45XR is also part of EEA's strategy to increase capacity and service flexibility, as the aircraft allows for a range of double-stretcher, neonatal mission and passenger seating configurations.

The new aircraft also has more room for medical supplies and permits EAA to carry out missions that require additional medical crew. And in cases where relatives travel with the patient, it also provides more comfort for passengers with a higher cabin ceiling, separate toilet facility and better seating.

Furthermore we are keen to ensure that our fleet renewal does not mean having to pass on additional costs to our clients. The lower purchase price allows us to do just that, as does the fact that the 45XR requires less maintenance and is faster than the LR35, meaning less time spent in the air. The aircraft also allows for shorter fuel stops and has a better range and landing performance and we increase our technical reliability with more modern aircraft. To sum up, the purchase of the two LearJet 45XE aircraft is the perfect fit for our current operations and allows EEA to continue our key strategies.

About EAA

European Air Ambulance (EAA) is one of the largest air ambulance service providers in Europe offering worldwide air ambulance repatriation with outstanding end-to-end patient care.

EAA founders DRF Luftrettung and Luxembourg Air Ambulance have a combined record of over 45 successful years of experience in air ambulance services.

A fleet of 7 air ambulance aircraft (5 Learjet 35A and 2 Learjet 45XR) owned by DRF Luftrettung and Luxembourg Air Ambulance is under the exclusive coordination of European Air Ambulance. All aircraft are fitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment and necessary medication to ensure outstanding patient care. They can be considered as flying intensive care units ready to take off at any moment, day or night, for medical repatriation worldwide.

EAA missions are always crewed with a specialised medical team of at least 1 physician and 1 flight nurse or paramedic. Other specialised medical crew can be called upon, depending on the patient’s medical requirements.

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