Bombardier has delivered another Challenger 650 aircraft converted into an air ambulance to longstanding customer Swiss Air-Rescue Rega.
The Swiss air ambulance service will soon take possession of a third Challenger 650 aircraft, completing the replacement of its earlier-generation Challenger 604 fleet.
The Challenger 650 aircraft are specially outfitted with intensive care units, representing the next generation of airborne medical evacuation.
“Over the years, Bombardier Challenger aircraft have proven their reliability and endurance, and helped Rega come to the aid of so many people,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
“The Challenger 650 aircraft is an ideal air ambulance vehicle, robust and versatile with a smooth ride that is essential when delivering in-flight medical care.”
Swiss Air-Rescue Rega, a non-profit foundation and one of the world’s pioneers in aeromedical evacuation, carries out air-rescue operations in Switzerland with a fleet of 17 rescue helicopters and repatriates patients from abroad with three ambulance jets.
A long-standing Bombardier customer, Rega acquired its first Challenger aircraft in 1982 and has operated Challenger aircraft ever since.
Bombardier delivered the second Challenger 650 aircraft to Rega on July 25 in Peterborough, Canada.
Rega’s first Challenger 650 aircraft was delivered on April 9 of this year, while the third and final aircraft in Rega’s next-generation fleet will be delivered later in 2018.