The 999 Emergency Rescue Center (999 Center), a subsidiary of the Beijing Red Cross Foundation, has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters China for the purchase of one Airbus Helicopters EC135 P2e, with an option for another similar unit. The light twin-engine helicopter is scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2014, and will be China’s first helicopter fully equipped to perform helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) missions in the country. The EC135 P2e will be fully kitted out with medical systems and equipment from Bucher, the same provider for many established European HEMS operators. In addition, Airbus Helicopters will utilize their extensive experience and network to organize tie-ups and co- operation for 999 Center with leading European air rescue operators, to ensure a smooth and successful initiation of their HEMS operations.
Left: Norbert Ducrot, President of Airbus Helicopters China. Right: Li Libing, President of Beijing Red Cross 999 Center. Photo, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters.