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DRF Luftrettung Orders Up to 10 Additional H145s

Our Bureau - : Feb 28, 2024 - : 5:01 pm

DRF Luftrettung, a German helicopter emergency medical services operator, and Airbus Helicopters have announced a firm order for seven H145 helicopters, including an option for three more.

“It is the mission of DRF Luftrettung to continuously improve medical care for people in need. With the new order of ten additional H145s, we continue to ensure the optimal service for our patients by keeping the helicopter fleet as modern and flexible as possible for our life-saving missions,” said Dr. Krystian Pracz, CEO of DRF Luftrettung.

“As an operator that deploys its fleet for emergency medical services, the DRF Luftrettung truly understands the importance that a helicopter’s performance can have in making a decisive difference in the care a patient receives. We are therefore very grateful for the continued trust that they place in our helicopters,” said Thomas Hein, Head of Europe Region at Airbus Helicopters. “We are proud to see that over the last decade the H145 has become the backbone of DRF Luftrettung’s fleet performing life-saving missions in Germany and Europe.”

The ordered helicopters will also be covered by DRF’s fleet-wide HCare Smart contract, providing comprehensive parts-by-the-hour support.

DRF Luftrettung operates more than 50 Airbus H135 and H145 helicopters at 40 bases throughout Europe for emergency rescue and intensive care transport operations, in addition to special missions like hoist operations and day and night operations.

The new version of Airbus’ H145 features a new five-bladed rotor, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg. The new bearingless main rotor design eases maintenance operations and improves serviceability benchmarks and reliability. Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the helicopter is equipped with a full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and Helionix digital avionics suite, including a high-performance 4-axis autopilot, enhancing safety and reducing pilot workload.

Overall, there are more than 1,675 H145 family helicopters in service, logging more than 7.6 million flight hours.

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