Swedish air ambulance operator Svenskt Ambulansflyg will purchase six PC-24 twinjets from Pilatus, making it the first European operator to acquire the type for emergency medical transport, the Swiss airframer announced yesterday. To be handed over in a medically equipped configuration, the PC-24 deliveries are expected in 2021. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but at list price the deal would be worth $64.2 million.
Svenskt Ambulansflyg officials said the acquisition represents a milestone in establishing a national air ambulance service in Sweden serving the country’s 21 regions. “The performance and capacity of the PC-24 combined with the spacious and easily reconfigurable emergency medical service equipped cabin will allow us to conduct the required air ambulance missions safely and efficiently,” Svenskt Ambulansflyg CEO Andreas Eriksson said. “We look forward to a close and successful cooperation with Pilatus.”
Pilatus officials described the process that led to the PC-24’s selection as “extremely intensive.” “I’m also particularly happy that we managed to carry the day with our Swiss aircraft in a highly competitive market segment,” Pilatus chairman Oscar Schwenk said. “We see further worldwide market potential for our PC-24 in this area.”
Pilatus has also delivered medically equipped PC-24s to the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Australia.