Royal Jet Highlights Medevac Role
Royal Jet will celebrate its tenth anniversary next May, and the company is reporting significant growth and its busiest year so far. Last year Royal Jet operated 3,135 flights to 370 cities in 136 countries, and this year already is set to exceed this figure. Revenues in the first quarter of 2012 were up 15 percent, while the company’s summer performance saw a 19-percent increase in flying hours over the same period in 2011.
One area of the company’s activities that is showing considerable growth is medical evacuation. 2011 was a record year for Royal Jet in this sector, but has been exceeded this year by 10 percent. In total, Royal Jet has flown more than 1,650 medevac missions.
“Our medical evacuation service has earned a reputation for being dependable and trustworthy,” said President and CEO Shane O’Hare. “Our service goes well beyond providing air ambulances, medical teams and equipment. We provide medical escorts for patients traveling by commercial airline to ensure a seamless, expert bed-to-bed service. We arrange private road ambulance and helicopter transport and hospital appointments anywhere in the world, and organize travel on behalf of the patient’s family. Just as we do with our luxury jet charters, we aim to offer our medevac clients a quality of service that is second to none.”
For these duties Royal Jet operates two dedicated medevac aircraft, a Gulfstream G300 and a Bombardier Learjet 60, while the six Boeing BBJs can also be drafted in, if required. Royal Jet is now looking at expanding its fleet of dedicated aircraft.
The existing airplanes are equipped to a high standard, with intravenous infusion pumps, arterial blood gas monitors, defibrillators, ventilators, oxygen and monitors for blood pressure and electrolytes. Royal Jet’s medical teams are highly trained to specialize in all forms of critical and emergency care, and anaesthesia. Together, Royal Jet’s aircraft and medical teams are always on standby to react to emergency medical situations across a wide range of conditions and regions. o