US air ambulance provider REVA is expanding its services with a new full-service base of operations at Shannon International airport in County Clare, Ireland. The Irish base, first announced in 2020, received its final approvals in early February and is now fully operational with a full-time Ireland-based crew.
“I am very confident in the skill of our clinical crews based at Shannon, led by Dr. Adrian Murphy, a leader in pre-hospital medicine. We have some of the most capable critical care crews in the air ambulance world,” says Steve Williams, global director of medical operations.
REVA's newest base addresses clients' needs for long-range and regional providers in the market. The company saw the ability to leverage the Shannon base to speed up transatlantic operations between the Americas and Europe, offering a quicker patient transport time, providing fewer delays for crew repositioning and overnights, and ultimately minimising the hospitalisation costs at the treating facility.
Until now, REVA's Schenectady County airport base in Schenectady, New York served Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The new base in Ireland is strategically positioned to serve Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, providing the company with a foothold in a part of the world with fewer air ambulance and medical transport service options.
“Our latest expansion into the EMEA region reflects our commitment to delivering customised aero-medical solutions to meet our clients' needs. We look forward to offering the fast, reliable and cost-effective services our clients have grown to trust over the years,” says Douglas Weisz, senior account executive.
The Shannon Ireland operation features a company-owned Hawker 800XP, operated through a strategic partnership with Gainjet Ireland. The Hawker 800XP offers a spacious stand-up cabin, enclosed lavatory and room to accommodate up to three or four family members.
“We are extremely excited about the opening of our new base in Ireland,” adds Shannon Schell, president and CEO of REVA. “We have had excellent support from the Irish Development Agency (IDA) and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) in setting up our base. We look forward to our partnership with Gainjet Ireland Ltd and working with healthcare professionals across Ireland and throughout the EMEA region to provide high-quality critical care and aviation services.”
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with satellite operations in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Schenectady, New York, REVA now has four global bases and more than 350 employees worldwide with the addition of its Irish operation. REVA flights operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering onboard medical staff that utilise fixed-wing aircraft as air ambulances.