The first new ambulance aircraft of its kind has arrived in Norway. The aircraft comes straight from the factory in the US and will strengthen the emergency preparedness in the Norwegian air ambulance service.
“This is a fantastic aircraft that with its speed, reach and capacity can quickly bring up to four medical personnel and a lot of medical equipment to all areas of the country, including Svalbard,” says Marius Hansen, general manager of Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance, in a press release.
The new jet plane, a C680A Latitude, landed at Gardermoen on Wednesday. It will strengthen emergency preparedness in the Norwegian air ambulance service from 1 July this year.
“It is gratifying that the first new aircraft for the air ambulance service has now arrived in Norway,” says CEO Øyvind Juell of the Air Ambulance Service HF.
The aircraft has a crew of at least two pilots and a flight nurse, has two stretcher places and four seats. It will be operated and serviced by Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance on behalf of Luftambulanservice HF and the four regional health authorities that own the service.
Next to the jet, Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance will also service and operate ten new Beech 250 propeller aircraft. These aircraft are an upgraded version of the aircraft used in service today, and the first of these planes is to arrive in Norway at the end of the week.
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