Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) and Aviators Air Rescue Ltd. have accepted delivery the first of three Airbus helicopters H130s, which the companies plan to use to launch the first single-engine helicopter emergency medical services operation in India the companies said.
AMGH and Aviators began preparations for the India operation earlier this year following the release of regulatory guidelines by the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The regulations allow the use of more economical and fuel-efficient single-engine, dual-pilot helicopters for HEMS operations.
AMGH-Aviators plans to launch the new Indian operation during in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Aviators will offer EMS through state governments, rescue groups, hospitals, clinics, public and private companies, and to individuals through subscriptions.
Air Medical Group Holdings Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a provider of air ambulance programs throughout the US. It transports more than 80,000 patients annually through its subsidiaries.
Airbus Helicopters Inc. is the US affiliate of Airbus helicopters, a subsidiary of the Airbus Group. Airbus Helicopters, Inc. manufactures H125 and UH-72A helicopters and markets, sells and supports civil and parapublic helicopters offered in the US.