February 3, 2020 By Wings Staff
Bombardier has sold two Learjet 75 Liberty aircraft to North Dakota-based Fargo Jet Center, which will convert the airplanes for dedicated medevac configuration. Once complete, the two Learjets will be delivered to air ambulance service provider Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe (LPR), based in Warsaw, Poland.
Bombardier expects to enter the Learjet 75 Liberty, unveiled in July 2019, into service this year. Fargo Jet Center is scheduled to take delivery of the Learjet 75 Liberty aircraft from Bombardier in late-2020, then deliver the converted EMS aircraft to LPR in Poland in 2021. Spectrum Aeromed, also based in Fargo, has been selected as the air medical equipment provider on the project.
“The Learjet 75 Liberty aircraft, with its best-in-class spaciousness, speed and range, is an excellent choice for medevac missions,” said Stéphane Leroy, VP, sales, Bombardier Specialized Aircraft.
Bombardier states the light jet holds enough range to reach any European destination nonstop out of Warsaw, assuming a range of flight conditions with four passengers, two crew, and travelling at long range cruise speed. With its range of 2,080 nautical miles, this also includes reaching Iceland and beyond into Northern Africa, Russia and the Middle East.
“Our team brings a unique skill set to this project through our extensive history in modifying aircraft for special missions,” said Patrick Sweeney, CEO, Fargo Jet Center. “From initial conception to design, fabrication and installation, our experts will transform the interior of the Learjet 75 Liberty aircraft to meet LPR’s specifications.”
In operation since 2000, LPR provides 24/7 air ambulance services throughout Poland via a fleet of 27 rotary-wing and two turboprop aircraft. It operates out of more than 20 locations, including a fixed-wing aircraft base and four helicopter bases, across Poland to cover the country’s population of 37 million. In 2019, LPR carried out more than 16,000 medical rescue missions and transported nearly 10,000 patients, with its business growing by approximately 10 per cent year over year.
“The acquisition of the new Learjet 75 Liberty aircraft fits perfectly into our strategic plans for growth in Poland and will provide the necessary combination of speed and range to drive the expansion of our operational capabilities and EMS transport availability into international operations,” said Wojciech Wozniczka, LPR director of key project management.
Bombardier states, that with its flat floor and the longest cabin in its class, the Learjet 75 Liberty aircraft is well suited for EMS conversion. It has room to accommodate up to three stretchers and sophisticated medical equipment, as well as seating for medical staff.