Kommunalförbundet Svenskt Ambulansflyg (KSA), a Swedish Air Ambulance service has ordered six Pilatus PC-24s in a fully equipped air ambulance configuration. Andreas Eriksson, CEO of KSA, noted the Pilatus contract is a major milestone on the way towards establishing a national air ambulance with start of operations in 2021, when the first PC-24s is scheduled for delivery.
“I’m delighted to see the first air ambulance organization in Europe opt to buy the PC-24,” said Oscar Schwenk, chairman of Pilatus. “The highly professional selection process confirmed that the PC-24 is indeed the perfect aircraft for medevac missions. I’m also particularly happy that we managed to carry the day with our Swiss aircraft in a highly competitive market segment. We see further worldwide market potential for our PC-24 in this area.”
KSA is the second public sector organization, following the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, to order the PC-24 as an ambulance aircraft. Pilatus estimates the PC-24s operated by KSA will fly a total of around 6,000 hours a year on rescue missions.
KSA is a national organization formed, mutually owned and financed by all 21 regions in Sweden, which allows the operation to provide citizens in the country with equal access to healthcare.
“The fleet of PC-24 aircraft will allow us to fulfill the needs of all regions in Sweden in terms of air ambulance transports. We look forward to deliveries in 2021,” said Annika Tännström, Chairman of KSA.