Bond Air Services begins new air ambulance service in Merseyside21-Oct-2013
Gloucestershire-based Bond Air Services (Bond) is delighted to announce the start of a new air ambulance operation for North West Air Ambulance in the Merseyside area.
The new service will be provided by a Eurocopter EC135T2 aircraft, which has been modified for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operations. The aircraft joins the existing fleet of two aircraft covering the North West, which are based at Blackpool and Manchester.
The North West Air Ambulance Charity plays an important role in the delivery of HEMS operations, and the additional aircraft represents a significant step forward for the Charity, extending the level of medical cover to the wider Merseyside area.
Taking delivery of the aircraft, Lynda Brislin, Chief Executive Officer of North West Air Ambulance said: “I would like to thank everyone who has made donations to the North West Air Ambulance service, which ultimately has allowed us to add this helicopter to our fleet. We are delighted to see the new and extended service commence in partnership with Bond Air Services”.
Chris Greenhill, Managing Director of Bond Air Services said: “Our relationship with the North West Air Ambulance goes back 13 years and I am delighted that this successful relationship continues to develop. The service now operates three helicopters on active duty 365 days a year and the delivery of this aircraft demonstrates our commitment to the Charity and the people of the North West in delivering safe helicopter operations.”
Notes to Editors
The Eurocopter EC135 is a powerful, lightweight, twin-engine multi-mission helicopter that showcases state of the art technology offering the highest level of reliability in the market. The EC135’s high endurance and extended range enables this helicopter to perform the full range of emergency service requirements, while carrying the medical crew and equipment over longer distance than any aircraft in its class. Making up more than 40 per cent of the light twin-engine deliveries on the last five years, the EC135 has been recognised as the preferred helicopter to carry four to six passengers.
About Bond Air Services
Bond Air Services is the largest operator of air ambulance aircraft in the UK. Using mainly Eurocopter EC-135 and Bolkow BO-105 helicopters, it operates from 23 bases around the UK and has two major maintenance facilities, Staverton and Glasgow. It is part of the Avincis Group, the world’s leading provider of mission critical aviation services.
Last year, Avincis companies flew over 108,500 hours, conducted over 50,600 emergency health care missions, rescued more than 8,600 people at sea or on mountains, helped to put out over 7,800 fires and carried more than 175,900 passengers in the oil and gas industries. Avincis has a global footprint, which includes the UK, Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Ireland, Norway, Australia, Chile and Peru. The Group operates around 350 aircraft and employs almost 3,000 people worldwide. It is headquartered in London.
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