This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, Air BP is providing free jet fuel for a number of UK air ambulance helicopter services during the month of April. The services include Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, Wales Air Ambulance Charity, and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Great Western Air Ambulance receive fuel directly from Air BP. Wales Air Ambulance and Midlands Air Ambulance Charity are supplied by Air BP customer Babcock International. This follows BP’s earlier announcement that it is supplying free fuel to the UK’s emergency services ground transport vehicles.
“We are pleased to be able to play a small part and support these emergency service organizations as they continue to provide a critical service to communities in these difficult times. Our commitment to safe, reliable fueling operations remains unwavering, and we’re grateful for the hard work of our front-line Air BP operators who continue to enable us to meet the needs of our customers,” said Air BP CEO Jon Platt.
The helicopter air ambulances are based in Almondsbury, Gloucestershire (Great Western); Strensham, Shropshire and Cosford, Worcestershire (Midlands); Dafen, Carmarthenshire (Wales); and Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire, and Yorkshire (Yorkshire).