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U.S. hospitals order 10 helicopters

Pennsylvania medical consortium buys Airbus H-135 for medical transport

The U.S.-based Stat Medevac Center for Emergency Medicine in Pittsburgh, USA, has committed to order 10 new H-135 helicopters made by European manufacturer Airbus Helicopters. It is an order that is part of an initiative to renew its medical rescue aircraft fleet. 

Stat Medevac was the first helicopter service in North America to use this type of helicopter since 1997 (the former EC-135s). Its partnership with the European manufacturer dates back to 1985. Today, it conducts service with a fleet consisting of Airbus Helicopters H-135 and H-145 family helicopters, operating out of 18 air bases.

The Pennsylvania-based critical care transport operator is the clinical arm of the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania. It is the largest single-branded nonprofit medical transportation system in the eastern United States. The service is led by a consortium of hospitals led by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and includes Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Altoona, Hamot, Mercy and Presbyterian Shadyside hospitals.

The H-135 twin-engine helicopter is among the most popular aircraft in the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) market segment. The aircraft can be equipped with a wide range of configurations.

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