Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) has agreed a contract with Babcock to launch a new air ambulance service from Aberdeen International Airport (IATA: ABZ).
The four-year contract means Babcock will operate and maintain the air ambulance helicopter – Helimed 79 – from a new base at the airport from early 2020.
Babcock onshore director, Richard Youngs, said: “Babcock is a familiar name in Aberdeen for offshore operations, but we are also the UK’s leading provider of air ambulance services and have been supporting SCAA since it was first formed in 2013. Bringing this new aircraft and service to Aberdeen is great news for communities in the north east and further afield.”
SCAA has been operating Scotland’s first and only charity-funded air ambulance helicopter service from its base at Perth Airport since 2013. In that time, the charity has responded to over 2,200 emergencies, working alongside the Scottish Ambulance Service’s air fleet, taking paramedic care to those most seriously ill or injured anywhere in Scotland and transporting them on to definitive hospital care.
The new aircraft – an EC135T2e – will operate from a dedicated facility on the east side of Aberdeen International Airport, beside the existing Babcock passenger terminals. Custom-designed for air ambulance operations, the helicopter will be equipped with the latest medical technologies and every emergency flight will be crewed with two highly-trained paramedics. The service is predicted to launch in early 2020.
SCAA Chairman John Bullough welcomed the on-going partnership with Babcock and the company’s commitment to provide a gold star service to the life-saving operation.