Published on April 2nd, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
New Air Ambulance Service in Belfast
A new Air Ambulance service is starting up based at Belfast International Airport. The company 247 Aviation was set up in 2020 and has recently advertised 14 new jobs, including captain, first officer and chief pilot posts. The company has been set up by a Canadian company, Fox Flight Air Ambulance and local company, SERE Holdings, which has extensive experience in road and medical transport, motor vehicle retail and FBO aviation services. 247 Aviation has secured two Learjet 40XR Air Ambulance aircraft which will operate from the International Airport responding to medical flight emergencies.
The company will initially focus on patient transfer services and the safe transportation of donated organs, it will offer a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year service from the facilities of FBO agent Jet Assist. Speaking about the new Air Ambulance service, SERE Holdings chairman Stanley Edgar said “While the pandemic has put a stop on travel throughout the world, but our sister private jet company Jet Assist experienced an increase in demand for medical repatriation and organ transfer flights due to our private handling facilities and safe ‘bubble’ environment at Belfast International Airport. We saw an important opportunity here to partner with Fox Flight to provide an integrated medical and aviation air ambulance service to ease the pressure on the health service, ensuring availability and reliability.”
The Learjet 40XR has a range of almost 2,000nm (3,600km) with a cruising speed of Mach 0.75, the aircraft can reach most points in Europe with ease. The cabin is configured with a Lifeport Plus Stretcher System, Ventilators and Defibrillator, and other Medical equipment for use by the two medical crew that can travel with a patient and the two flight crew there is also room for a companion.