Bombardier has delivered the first Challenger
650 aircraft converted into an air ambulance outfitted with
intensive care units, to long-standing
customer Swiss Air-Rescue Rega.
The Swiss air ambulance service
will take possession of two more Challenger 650 aircraft this
year, replacing its earlier-generation Challenger 604 fleet.
"It is incredibly rewarding for us that
Bombardier jets help save so many lives while in service with Rega,
and we are thrilled that they will continue to do so for many
years to come," said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business
Aircraft. "The Challenger 650 aircraft is an ideal air ambulance
vehicle, with the reliability needed when emergencies arise and a
smooth ride that is essential when delivering in-flight medical
Swiss Air-Rescue Rega, a non-profit foundation
and one of the world's pioneers in aeromedical evacuation, carries
out air-rescue operations in Switzerland with a fleet of 17 rescue
helicopters and repatriates patients from abroad with three
A long-standing Bombardier customer, Rega acquired
its first Challenger aircraft in 1982 and has operated Challenger
aircraft ever since.
"Bombardier's Challenger aircraft have more than
proven their ability to carry out critical missions over the
years," said Ernst Kohler, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of
the Management Board of Rega, which will take possession of two
more Challenger 650 aircraft in 2018. "With these three new,
high-performing air ambulances we are ensuring that Rega can
continue to provide reliable and professional assistance to
patients all over the world throughout the next 15 years."
The Challenger 650 aircraft has a range of 4,000
Swiss Air Rescue-Rega,