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DRF Luftrettung orders up to 10 additional H145s

February 27, 2024  By Helicopters Staff

DRF Luftrettung currently operates more than 50 Airbus H135 and H145 helicopters at 40 bases in Europe. (Photo: Airbus)

German helicopter emergency medical services operator DRF Luftrettung made orders for up to 10 H145 helicopters, comprised of seven firm orders and three options.

“With the new order of ten additional H145s, we continue to ensure the optimal service for our patients by keeping the helicopter fleet as modern and flexible as possible for our life-saving missions,” said Dr. Krystian Pracz, CEO of DRF Luftrettung.

The ordered helicopters will also be covered by DRF’s fleet-wide HCare Smart contract, which provides comprehensive parts-by-the-hour support.

“We are proud to see that over the last decade the H145 has become the backbone of DRF Luftrettung’s fleet performing life-saving missions in Germany and Europe,” said Thomas Hein, Head of Europe Region at Airbus Helicopters.


DRF Luftrettung is one of the largest and most experienced air rescue organizations in Europe, operating more than 50 Airbus H135 and H145 helicopters at 40 bases throughout Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland for emergency rescue and intensive care transport operations. DRF Luftrettung are also deploys its aircraft for special missions, including hoist operations and day and night operations.

The new version of Airbus’ H145 adds a five-bladed rotor to the multi-mission H145, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg. Airbus also points to the new version’s bearingless main rotor design to ease maintenance operations.

In total, there are more than 1,675 H145 family helicopters in service, logging a total of more than 7.6 million flight hours.


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