Quebec-based air medical transport specialist Airmedic has purchased three EC145e helicopters. The company will rely on the expertise of Airbus and the know-how of Metro Aviation, the latter of whom will be in charge of the EMS interior configuration. The close to $30 million investment will enable Airmedic to deploy aircraft that have been tailored for air medical transport, and that are known for their versatility and reliability, to support lifesaving missions throughout Quebec.
“We have always been striving to set the standards of our industry, to build a culture of excellence and to capitalise on the most advanced equipment and technologies,” comments executive VP Sophie Larochelle. “Today, we are improving on an already highly performing aircraft fleet with the world's best aircraft in order to provide better coverage of the territory, even more strategic dispatching and enhanced services to our clients.”
Airbus Helicopters Canada president Romain Trapp adds: “Thanks to the delivery of these twin-engine Airbus EC145es, Airmedic will have the additional support required to assist its highly skilled team in providing safe, rapid and extremely specialised emergency medical transport for the critically ill and injured.
“The EC145 family of aircraft has built a reputation as the most proven solution for emergency medical services worldwide. We are very proud of this new partnership and we look forward to supporting the important mission of Airmedic, to provide vital lifesaving services to the residents of Québec."
Airmedic has carefully chosen the EC145e helicopters, which will bring its dedicated EMS fleet to nine. Suited to Quebec's conditions, the aircraft have favourable flight autonomy that enables them to travel a longer distance without refuelling, reducing response times. The EC145es are recognised for safety and their larger cabin space that can accommodate two patients at the same time and seat up to four passengers.
The aircraft will be used for pre‑hospital and inter‑hospital transport. This major investment comes in addition to the $55 million already injected in assets and equipment since 2012.
“We are pleased to participate in the financing of our clients' projects in the crucial phases of their development,” says assistant VP at the Business Development Bank of Canada Hugo Bisaillon. “Airmedic continues its impressive trajectory and is investing to further professionalise its practice, increase its efficiency and its deployment, and enhance services to its clientele of individuals, corporate clients and health facilities.”