Swiss Air-Rescue Rega’s third Challenger 650 air ambulance


BOMBARDIER HAS delivered a third Challenger 650, in air ambulance configuration to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega.

The delivery was announced in Montreal on December 18, 2018, and the aircraft is the inal Challenger 650 ordered by the Swiss air ambulance company to replace its leet of earlier Challenger 604 aircraft.

The new aircraft will be used to carry out urgent medical evacuations and repatriations of Swiss citizens around the world.

David Coleal, President of Bombardier Business Aircraft, said: “It is with the utmost conidence and pride that we deliver a third Challenger 650 aircraft to our partners at Rega: conidence, because we know these aircraft have the reliability that is so important when lives are on the line, and pride [in seeing] the Challenger platform conigured into the world’s most advanced air ambulance.”

Bombardier delivered all three aircraft to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega from its facility in Ontario, Canada, with the third handed over on December 17, 2018.

Swiss Air-Ambulance is a nonproit foundation and a pioneer in medical evacuation. The company received its irst Challenger 604 in 1982 and in addition to the three new Challenger 650 aircraft, which will specialise in the recovery of patients abroad, it operates a leet of 17 helicopters for similar work within Switzerland.

Nigel Pittaway