As part of its fleet renewal initiative for air medical operations, US critical care transport provider STAT MedEvac has committed to ordering 10 new Airbus H135 helicopters.
An Airbus customer for nearly 40 years, STAT MedEvac operates out of 18 bases, and has a mix of H135 and H145 family aircraft in its Airbus fleet.
Pennsylvania-based STAT MedEvac began operations in 1985, and the H135 has been with the company since the beginning. It was the first air ambulance program in North America to operate the EC135 in 1997, the first single-pilot IFR program with an EC135 in the US Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), the launch customer of the latest H135 variant in North America and the launch customer of the Helionix-equipped version in 2019.
“STAT MedEvac has become a key part of the H135’s success in the air medical market, and Airbus is extremely proud to support the life-saving missions they carry out every single day,” President of Airbus Helicopters and head of the North American region Romain Trapp said in a statement.
“With the latest evolution of this proven platform, Airbus aims to continue to meet our EMS customers’ evolving needs to use their helicopters as flying hospitals, and to be able to do so with the latest technologies that reduce pilot workload and increase safety all around.”