Babcock operated Air Ambulance service is first in region to operate new Leonardo AW169s
Scandinavian Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance announced the arrival of the first of four AW169s given the name MediFlight 5950 as the service moves to replace their fleet of older AS365 helicopters for the more spacious and modern AW169 helicopters. The new helicopters will be based in Toowoomba, Lycksele and Östersund, with a fourth backup aircraft that will perform backup duties for the three active bases operating the new helicopters.
The first AW169 to arrive was delivered to Scandinavian Air Ambulance headquarters located at Frösön/Östersund with the second aircraft expected to be delivered to Lycksele anticipated at the end of summer.
Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance has bases spread throughout Sweden and Finland and is one of Scandinavia’s largest air ambulance companies. The company commenced operations 2001 with two helicopter bases in Stockholm and Östersund. Since then, several bases have been added across Sweden utilizing both fixed wing and rotary assets.
The development in Sweden of centralized specialist care at certain hospitals increased the need for transportation between hospitals. This results in higher requirements for the medical care during transport in Sweeden. Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance was created with a vision to become the main service provider within the region to provide specialist air ambulance flights in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft in Nordic countries. Babcock aims to gain this position within the industry through continuous focus on quality, team effort and active marketing the company states on their website.
Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance operates with two Air Operator Certificates (AOCs), helicopter operations are run under the business name of Scandinavian MediCopter, while the company operates its fixed wing assets under the Scandinavian AirAmbulance name. Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance is part of Babcock International Group.
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