WALES AIR AMBULANCE TO LAND NEW CHOPPERS

Wales Air Ambulance chief executive Angela Hughes and chairman Dave Gilbert with the H145 model, which the charity will lease from next January.

Wales Air Ambulance is getting ready to take on board a new fleet of custom-made choppers in January 2017 to significantly enhance its operations.

Bond secured the winning bid to lease three Airbus H145 aircraft. The Babcock International Group company already supplies the Wales Air Ambulance Charity with three EC135 models.

The charity will become only the third HEMS operation in the UK to use the new H145 aircraft. Equipped for night flights, the upgrade to H145s will move the charity a step closer to its goal of providing a 24-hour air ambulance service.

The new aircraft will also have a larger cabin and more powerful engines, meaning there is extra room for treatments in-flight and the helicopters can fly for longer without refuelling.

For the first time, the air ambulance crew will be able to send critical information about patients to medics waiting at hospitals via an on-board high-speed internet connection.

Angela Hughes, chief executive of Wales Air Ambulance, said that their new contract with Bond is a great way to mark their 15th year providing lifesaving emergency care.

The new deal will see Bond provide pilots, engineers and three brand-new custom-configured aircraft. Wales Air Ambulance Charity will continue to operate its fleet of EC135 helicopters until the new aircraft begin operating next year.

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