AgustaWestland Provides EMS Airframes to USA, Japan

By Staff Writer | March 6, 2015
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AgustaWestland and Kaigai Corporation of Japan have announced that Shizuoka Air Commuter has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin helicopter to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions for Toyama Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in summer 2015.

This latest purchase is part of the Doctor Heli system program, which is intended to provide modern airborne EMS coverage to all prefectures in Japan. Shizuoka Air Commuter, in joint venture with Kagoshima International Aviation, was awarded a Doctor Heli contract by Toyama Prefecture offering the GrandNew after a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation process, demonstrating its ability to meet the demanding mission requirements, especially at high altitudes.


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The order further expands the presence of EMS-configured GrandNew helicopters in the Japanese market and continues the growing success of the GrandNew and AgustaWestland’s range of light twin helicopters in Japan.

AgustaWestland has also entered into an agreement with Life Flight Network, the United States’ largest not-for-profit air ambulance provider, for up to ten additional aircraft. The agreement includes four firm orders and two options for AW119Kx EMS-configured helicopters and preliminary agreements for up to five AW109 Trekkers. Full execution and delivery will bring the total number of helicopters operated by Life Flight Network to 28, reinforcing the critical care transportation company’s confidence in the AgustaWestland product range and the capabilities of the AW119Kx and AW109 Trekker.


Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland

Life Flight Network strategically positions bases throughout the Northwest and Intermountain West to provide maximum coverage to the communities it serves. Life Flight Network has safely transported over 100,000 patients over nearly four decades of operation and has bases throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.


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