By S.L. Fuller | February 8, 2018
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) now has two Leonardo AW169s. It took delivery of a second aircraft recently during a ceremony at Leonardo’s Vergiate factory in Italy.
“Our first aircraft has amply demonstrated the capability shift that KSSAAT has been seeking in terms of patient care with its extra performance and specially designed medical cabin,” said Adrian Bell, CEO of KSSAAT. “So we are delighted to extend this capability across the rest of our operation with a second AW169.”
The air medical interior is to be installed in the U.K. by Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), which will also operate the aircraft on behalf of KSSAAT.
KSSAAT was SAS’s U.K. launch customer, with the first AW169 entering service last year. The new aircraft is set to enter service in the second quarter of this year.
Leonardo said SAS has placed orders for 12 AW169s. It is also an authorized service center for the model in the U.K.
More than 160 AW169s are on order. So far, Leonardo has delivered about 50.
KSSAAT was the first air ambulance provider in the U.K. to fly 24/7, according to Leonardo.