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New Zealand to get first HEMS H145s

16th November 2018 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Airbus Helicopters will deliver two helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS)-configured H145 aircraft in New Zealand, the company announced on 13 November.

The helicopters are being acquired by Helicopter Emergency Medical Services New Zealand Limited. Due for delivery in the second half of 2019, the two helicopters will be operated on the South Island by a consortium formed by Helicopters Otago, Dunedin, and GCH Aviation, Christchurch.

Philippe Monteux, head of Southeast Asia and Pacific of Airbus Helicopters, said: ‘As our partnership with Helicopters Otago and GCH Aviation launches the H145 for HEMS in New Zealand, I am confident that this helicopter will be well received in the country, just like its predecessors.

'As more healthcare providers across Asia Pacific begin devoting resources to developing their HEMS ecosystems in support of critical life-saving missions, I am convinced that the H145 will quickly become the region’s reference for HEMS operations.’

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