Capital Air Ambulance, the aeromedical brand of Rigby Group’s aviation division, based in the UK and offering global medical and repatriation flights, has added a Learjet 45 to its fleet. The aircraft has already completed operations in India and the UAE, and has enabled the operator to offer unlimited international services with immediate effect.
Based at Exeter and Coventry airports, Capital provides a rapid response medical service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It has trained more than 100 specialist flight nurses and doctors under the direction of medical director Dr Terry Martin – representing an increase of 40% in crew numbers since mid-2016.
Lisa Humphries, accountable manager, Capital, said, “The addition of the Learjet 45 to our fleet, and the global reach that it affords us, represents a hugely significant milestone for Capital Air Ambulance and our strategy for expansion. With five aircraft now in active service from two UK bases, a highly trained staff of over 100 medical personnel and unique status as Britain’s only Eurami-accredited operator, we are positioned to provide a level of high quality, cost-effective aeromedical services few can rival.”
Paul Southall, director, Rigby Group, added, “In little more than six months since announcing its growth strategy, Capital has once again performed beyond expectations, not only by recording a marked increase in flights across Europe and surpassing targets for specialist crew recruitment but – following today’s announcement – by also extending its reach to offer worldwide services.”