Airbus Helicopters and DRF Luftrettung have signed a contract for the purchase of 15 new H145s, three H135s and the retrofit of their current 20 H145s to the five-bladed version. This will bring the H145 fleet of the German Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) to 35 helicopters, making them the biggest operator of the five-bladed H145 in the world.
The contract, booked in 2019, also renews DRF’s HCare smart contract, a full support parts-by-the-hour contract for DRF’s entire fleet for the next eight years.
“Our mission at DRF Luftrettung is to continuously improve medical care for people in need. For this, it is essential for us, and our patients, to operate the most modern helicopters available. This new contract, with the patient at the top of our priorities, launches the last phase of our fleet renewal. The new H145 helps us, thanks to the increased useful load, to improve our services.” said Dr. Krystian Pracz, CEO of DRF Luftrettung.
“We thank DRF Luftrettung for their continued trust in Airbus Helicopters, our products and our services”, said Thomas Hein, Head of Western Europe Sales at Airbus Helicopters. “This is a strong signal of our mutual, decade-lasting cooperation. We are proud of this cooperation and that we are able to support DRF Luftrettung, with our helicopters and services, in their critical mission of saving lives 365 days a year.”
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