Airbus, Norwegian Air Ambulance sign for HEMS aircraft in Denmark
November 29, 2023 By Helicopters Staff
The Norwegian Air Ambulance has ordered three H135s and two five-bladed H145s from Airbus that will be used for life-saving missions in Denmark; and the HEMS operator will also take delivery of two new H145s in 2024 to expand their fleet in Norway.
“The H135 and the five-bladed H145 have proven to be very versatile and suitable helicopters for our HEMS operations,” said Leif Olstad, CEO of Norwegian Air Ambulance. “With the new helicopters we will continue to serve the people of Denmark and Norway with state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the best service possible.”
According to a Nov. 29 Airbus news release, the Norwegian Air Ambulance currently operates all 13 HEMS bases in Norway and all 4 bases in Denmark using a 100 per cent Helionix-equipped fleet of H135s and H145s. The organization’s parent company, the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation, was the first operator in the world to take delivery of a five-bladed H145 in 2020.
The H135 and H145 are both equipped with Airbus’ Helionix avionics suite; have particularly low acoustic footprints, making them among the quietest helicopters in their class; and their CO2 emissions are the lowest amongst their direct competitors, Airbus said.
Airbus also said it provides the majority – 54 per cent – of the 2,700 EMS helicopters flying in the world today.