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23 October 2018
23. October 2018 Helicopters

REACH Air Medical Services to acquire five new Airbus helicopters

Airbus Helicopters Inc. President and Head of North America Region; Sean Russell, REACH President; Fred Buttrell, AMGH President and CEO; and John Byus, Airbus Helicopters Inc. Key Account Manager.

A combination of H125 and H130 aircraft will be used for emergency medical service operations

PHOENIX, AZ. (23 October 2018) – REACH Air Medical Services will boost its life saving capabilities with the addition of five Airbus helicopters. Airbus Helicopters Inc. will deliver the three H125s and two H130s later this year, with the aircraft going into service by spring.

REACH is a subsidiary of Global Medical Response (GMR), a leading medical transportation company formed when Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) and American Medical Response (AMR) joined in 2018.

When assessing new aircraft for the fleet replacement initiative, REACH prioritized safety and reliability while also considering the speed, range and suitability of both helicopter models.

"The Airbus H125 and the H130 have both found great success in the air medical community because of their reliability and performance," said Vicky Spediacci, vice president of Aviation Operations for REACH. "Equipped with the advanced avionics packages, autopilot, GPS, terrain avoidance and crash-resistant fuel systems, we are confident they will deliver safe and reliable service to our flight crews and the communities they serve."

Headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., REACH provides critical care air transport service to communities throughout California, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Texas, and Colorado. "These new aircraft will allow REACH to expand our service area while modernizing our helicopter fleet with the most modern solutions," said REACH President Sean Russell.

"Global Medical Response is a true industry leader, and we are proud to help REACH improve patient care and save lives," said Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters Inc. and head of the North America region. "The selection of these new aircraft demonstrates the trust the air medical industry has in our aircraft and our ability to support their critical missions."

Known for its power and versatility, the H125 features dual hydraulics, dual channel engine FADEC and advanced glass-panel cockpit displays. Air medical operators laud the aircraft’s hot-and-high performance. The H125 is built by Airbus Helicopters Inc. at its facilities in Columbus, MS.

The H130 is considered the global reference for single-engine helicopter air ambulance missions. It has a wide, unobstructed cabin that allows easy loading and unloading of patients.

The low interior sound levels and flat floor of the H130 provide a flexible cabin environment capable of accommodating up to three medical crew and specialty team equipment required to care for complex patients.

Airbus Helicopters Inc. is the leading provider of helicopters to the U.S. air medical transport industry. In the past decade alone, nearly two-thirds of all new EMS helicopters sold in the United States were produced by Airbus Helicopters. Today, more than 90 EMS operators in North America rely on more than 1,230 Airbus helicopters for their emergency care transport needs.

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Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 129,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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