Paris, June 2012 - As part of its on-going fleet renewal programme, European Air Ambulance is upgrading its Learjet 35A aircraft with brand new, fully configured Learjet 45XR air ambulance aircraft. Two aircraft are already operational and a further two are due to be taken in delivery during 2013.
In June EAA invited major players in the French medical assistance market to an open day show at the aéroport de Bourget just outside Paris at which it presented the new aircraft. Around 60 guests, including representatives from Mondial Assistance, Europ Assistance, AXA Assistance, Garantie Assistance, Mutuaide and International SOS, attended the event.
EAA was represented by a pilot and co-pilot, doctor and nurse and members of the sales department. They ensured that guests were fully briefed on the advantages of the Learjet 45XR, which is part of EEA's strategy to increase its capacity and service flexibility. The aircraft not only has more passenger capacity – allowing additional medical crew or relatives of the patient to travel on board – but also has double-stretcher configuration and more room for medical supplies. And, as EAA’s Patrick Schomaker says, the upgrade means that EAA had minimal overheads regarding additional training for pilot and crew. “And it allows us to maintain our relationship with a trusted manufacturer."
EAA received congratulations and encouragement many of the companies after the event. For many of the representatives of technical, medical, financial and quality departments it was the first time they had viewed a fully equipped dedicated air ambulance aircraft, and they appreciated the opportunity to discuss the detailed medical and technical aspects of the aircraft with EAA’s teams. “The quality of the craft, its equipment and the information delivered by your teams gave us an opportunity that was unanimously appreciated by all present,” said Caroline Faure of Mondial Assistance France.
Indeed, the event was such as success that EAA plans to develop similar opportunities in other countries.