GULFSTREAM HAS delivered a G550 aircraft configured for medevac operations to China’s Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Centre, the company announced on July 25, 2018.
The aircraft was handed over during a ceremony at Gulfstream’s facility in Savannah, Georgia, attended by company President Mark Burns and Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center Director Li Libing.
The aircraft will be used for disaster relief and air rescue operations and is equipped with an extensive medical bay to care for critically ill patients during flight.
Specialised equipment and features incorporated into the aircraft include 360 degree inflight patient access; advanced life support capabilities, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation capability; a bed designed to accommodate an incubator for infants; a powered gurney loading system incorporated into the aircraft’s airstairs; X-Ray viewing equipment; refrigerated medical storage cabinets; fold out seats for nurses and attendants; and crew rest facilities.
Mark Burns said: “This aircraft showcases the art of the possible. When you combine innovation, talent, commitment and expertise, you can transform an industry.” He continued: “With this aircraft, and our collaboration with the Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center, we have done exactly that. This modified G550 will change – and save – lives, forever altering the expectations for medevac support.”
Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center Director Li Libing also revealed during the delivery ceremony that the centre is interested in adding a Gulfstream G650ER to its fleet.
Mark Burns added: “With the G650ER’s speed and range, medical care will arrive faster.” Nigel Pittaway