London’s Air Ambulance Charity (LAAC) – the helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) for London – has ordered two Airbus H135 helicopters for the renewal of its fleet.
Airbus Helicopters UK Head of Civil Business Gary Clark. “It’s nearly 35 years since we provided LAAC’s first ever helicopter – a Dauphin – and it will be very satisfying to once again see them flying our helicopters.”
Delivery in 2024
The two aircraft will be delivered in 2024 and will operate primarily from LAAC’s helipad base at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel which is one of the highest in Europe. LAAC’s advanced trauma team treated 1,713 patients in 2021.
Charles Newitt, LAAC Deputy CEO, said: “We are very impressed with the medical capability that we can pack into the H135. The issue of ground safety is very important to us as we frequently have to operate into physically constrained emergency locations with a constant risk of the public being present. The compact size of the H135 plus its Fenestron tail rotor and high ground clearance are attractive features for us.”
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