The new state-of-the-art helicopter for Yorkshire Air Ambulance has been in service for only a week and is already carrying out its first medical air transport mission. YAA recently purchased an Airbus H 145 helicopter for £6 million and just completed the process of providing a full medical fit-out and crew training.
New Helicopter to Provide Better Efficiency in Medical Missions
The new aircraft added to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance fleet offers exceptional flight performance and is expected to significantly lower the maintenance and operational costs. Yorkshire Air Ambulance has also ordered a second helicopter from Airbus, which should be in operation by the end of this year. With these more efficient aircrafts, the service expects to provide better medical air transport services at lower operational costs.
Efforts by the Medical Air Transport Service Paying Off
Chairman of Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Peter Sunderland expressed how exciting it was to see the new helicopter in action. He added that it was a proud day for the charity and for the people of Yorkshire. The charity had been working tirelessly to improve its fleet with an up-to-date helicopter that will carry out its operations more efficiently.
After years of budgeting, saving, planning and research, they were finally able to find and welcome the right aircraft into its fleet. Sunderland further added that the helicopter belongs to the residents of Yorkshire and it will continue to be that way for the next 20-25 years. Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s Director of Fundraising, Paul Gowland also commended on the effort made by Yorkshire residents to help the charity raise funds for the new aircraft.
With the addition of the H 145 into its fleet, Yorkshire Air Ambulance will now be able to provide a level of service similar to the best air ambulance charities in the U.K.