Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two of a total of six H145 helicopters to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega. They will replace Rega’s existing fleet of EC145 helicopters, which will be phased out by mid-2019.
The first H145 helicopter is expected to be deployed at the Bern base in October. Over a period of 15 years, the six EC145s have provided airborne medical assistance to around 60,000 patients.
The H145 is a market leader for police and rescue missions with a combined fleet of over 200 helicopters worldwide, which have jointly accumulated more than 100,000 flight hours.
Airbus claims the H145 is well suited for special intensive care transport thanks to its spacious cabin and a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tons.
The helicopters are equipped with the Helionix digital avionics suite, providing user-friendly flight data management and a high-performance 4-axis autopilot, which considerably reduces pilot workload during missions. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class.
“The H145 represents a continuation of our success story and ensures that we can continue to provide our patients with reliable and professional help in the years to come,” said Ernst Kohler, CEO of Rega.