Many air ambulance companies use passenger aircraft, temporarily changing the interior to accommodate medical transportations – before reconfiguring to a standard executive passenger interior afterwards. The downside for patients (and for executive passengers) is that the aircraft cannot be properly disinfected after each mission, as the floor is usually carpeted. It is also very difficult to properly install the medical equipment needed for an intensive care patient inside a passenger aircraft without substantial modification to the interior.
At European Air Amabulance we havepermanently changed the interior configuration of our aircrafts to provide dedicated air ambulance aircrafts, reflecting the high quality and hygiene standards we set ourselves.
We have replaced the carpet with a material that can be easily disinfected, and have installed custom-made medical cabinets in place of the aircraft kitchen/bar, enabling us to carry all the necessary equipment for missions.
The difference is as follows: A regular aircraft with a medical interior is like a hotel room with some medical equipment temporarily in place – but a dedicated air ambulance aircraft is like a hospital room with state-of-the art equipment available at all times.