Aviation news analysis
50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Textron Aviation inks order for 11 aircraft to support air ambulance missions in Norway

Download: Printable PDF Date: 17 Oct 2017 10:05 categories:
Publisher:
Textron Aviation inks order for 11 aircraft to support air ambulance missions in Norway - Manufacturer publisher
Tatjana Obrazcova
Country: Norway Aircraft: Airplanes

Textron Aviation has secured a fleet order from Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance for 11 aircraft, including the first medevac-configured Cessna Citation Latitude midsize jet and 10 Beechcraft King Air 250 turboprops.  The aircraft will support Babcock’s contract with Air Ambulance Services of Norway to provide communities across Norway with vital air ambulance support.

“We are pleased to equip Babcock and the Norwegian government with these two highly capable and reliable platforms for their medevac operations,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president of Special Mission Aircraft. “The Citation Latitude has experienced tremendous success in the commercial segment since entering service just two years ago, and we are excited to expand upon its robust capabilities in the special missions market. The aircraft provides steep approach capability, short runway performance and low cabin altitude, all of which will be essential to support Babcock’s air ambulance missions in communities across Norway.”

“The introduction of the Latitude as the first jet aircraft in our fleet will enable us to reduce patient transfer times and operate direct flights across the entire country,” says Øyvind Juell, CEO, Air Ambulance Services of Norway. 

Babcock’s fleet of King Air 250 turboprops will feature CAT II capability, enabling operations in reduced visibility. In addition, the aircraft will feature steep approach landing capability and are equipped to operate in polar regions. Completing the fleet, the Latitude will also include a modified door to accommodate the loading and unloading of wide medical stretchers.

Deliveries for the 11 aircraft are scheduled throughout the next 18 months and are expected to conclude in 2019.

Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance is part of Babcock, the engineering services company. Babcock supports vital assets within a number of industry sectors including defense, emergency services, energy, transport and training.  

Strengthening special mission portfolios 

Textron Aviation offers the broadest lineup of special mission platforms in the industry, with its entire product range available in special mission configurations that deliver innovative technologies and advanced engineering techniques. The versatile Cessna and Beechcraft platforms are used throughout Europe in multiple roles such as flight inspection, surveillance, maritime patrol and air ambulance. 

 



Loading comments for Textron Aviation inks order for 11 aircraft to support air ambulance missions in Norway...


Recommended

Qatar Airways will introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner service on route from Prague to Doha

Qatar Airways has officially announced that commencing 28 October 2018 one of the two daily flights from Prague to Doha with be serviced with the different type of aircraft, increasing the overall cap...

VRT500 helicopter passed first stage of aerodynamic tests

The first stage of the aerodynamic tests of the light-weight multi-purpose VRT500 helicopter has been completed at the facilities of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI). The aircraft is a n...

Turkish Aerospace sets its sights on cooperation opportunities with Indonesian Local Industry participation

Turkish Aerospace, Turkey’s center of excellence in defence and aerospace industries held a workshop on August 14th, 2018 in Jakarta with an extensive participation of Indonesian Defence and Avi...

Air BP presents carbon offsetting program for business aviation at LABACE 2018

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, will highlight its pioneering carbon offset program for business aviation in Brazil at LABACE, the largest business aviation con...