Hiaratagakuen, a Japanese helicopter operator
based in Kansai, has welcomed its second Airbus H145 / BK117 D-2,
following the milestone delivery of its first unit in December
Currently operating 14 H135s and one
H145 / BK117 D-2, this new H145 / BK117 D-2 will join Hiratagakuens
growing fleet to support emergency medical service (EMS) missions,
and serves as a passenger and material transport.
H145 / BK117 D-2 already entered service in June 2018 for
aeromedical operations at the Nagasaki Medical Centre in Nagasaki
With Japans full-scale deployment of air
ambulances in 2001, EMS helicopters, otherwise known as Doctor
Helicopters, have taken on more prominent roles in the country,
enabling rapid evacuation of casualties from affected sites, and
providing critical care without delay aboard medically equipped
helicopters, while in transit to the medical facility.
the Kansai government implemented region-wide EMS support network
and Hiratagakuen became its main operator of these life-saving
missions. Today, there are over 50 helicopters supporting
emergency medical missions in 42 prefectures across Japan.
Mitsuhiro Hirata, Vice President, Aviation
Operation Division of Hiratagakuen said,
Operating in a time-sensitive EMS environment where every second
matters, it is important for us to be equipped with the right
helicopters for these demanding aeromedical missions. We have been
well supported by a strong Airbus fleet for nearly two decades,
especially with the recent introduction of the H145 / BK117 D-2
helicopters into our operations. We are confident that the timely
addition of the second H145 helicopter will augment our
aeromedical operations, as we continue to perform life-saving
missions safely in the country.
The H145 / BK117 D-2 is developed in co-operation
with Kawasaki Heavy Industries.
Olivier Tillier, Managing Director of Airbus
Helicopters Japan commented: Airbus is happy to play a supportive
role in Japans EMS ecosystem, especially with the first
EMS-configured H145 / BK117 D-2 entering service into Hiratagakuens
fleet early summer this year, joining soon by its second unit for
aeromedical operations. Given its flexibility, agility and high
operational efficiency, we know that our H145 / BK117 D-2 will
continue to lend capable support to Hiratagakuens every EMS
than 1,400 H145 / BK117 D-2 helicopters have been delivered
worldwide, achieving close to 5 million flight hours.