Bombardier has the second
Challenger 650 aircraft converted into an air ambulance to
longstanding customer Swiss Air-Rescue Rega.
The Swiss air
ambulance service will soon also take possession of a third Challenger
650, completing the replacement of its earlier-generation
Challenger 604 fleet.
These Challenger 650 aircraft are
specially outfitted with intensive care units, representing the
next generation of airborne medical evacuation.
years, Bombardier Challenger aircraft have proven their
reliability and endurance, and helped Rega come to the aid of so
many people. We are extremely proud to have our aircraft continue
to play a part in life-saving work,” said David Coleal, President,
Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Challenger 650 aircraft is an
ideal air ambulance vehicle, robust and versatile with a smooth
ride that is essential when delivering in-flight medical care.”
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 ambulance jets. A
long-standing Bombardier customer, Rega acquired its first
Challenger aircraft in 1982 and has operated Challenger aircraft
The higher-thrust engines
of the Challenger 650 will allow for a shorter take-off distance,
and the Bombardier Vision flight deck reduces pilot workload. The
Challenger 650 also offers a quieter cabin and a smooth ride, for the comfort
of both patients and crew, as well as a range of 4,000
Bombardier delivered the second Challenger
650 aircraft to Rega on 25 July in Peterborough, Canada.
Rega’s first Challenger 650 aircraft was delivered on April 9 of
this year, while the third and final aircraft in Rega’s
next-generation fleet will be delivered later in 2018.
landmark year between Bombardier and Rega is the culmination of
decades of successful co-operation and mutual respect.
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