Global Medical Response (GMR) has ordered 21 more new Airbus helicopters with options for 23 more. This order from the Greenwood Village, Colorado-based air and ground ambulance operator will be distributed across Airbus H125 and H130 singles and the H135 light twin.
This latest order will add to GMR’s current Airbus fleet of nearly 133 helicopters. As part of an ongoing fleet expansion, in the past 18 months, GMR has taken delivery of 15 Airbus helicopters.
“The H135 has stood out in the twin-engine segment thanks to its consistent reliable performance in this mission,” said Romain Trapp, president of Airbus Helicopters and head of the North America region. “The fact that GMR’s entire twin-engine fleet is made up of the H135 speaks volumes to its success in the air medical market.” Airbus provides 55 percent of the 2,600 EMS helicopters flying in the world today, and the company produced more than half of all new air medical helicopters sold in the U.S. in the last decade.
Privately-held GMR operates under the Air Evac Lifeteam, Guardian Flight, Med-Trans Corp., and REACH Air Medical Services brands and transported more than 125,000 patients by air in 2020. The ground and air ambulance company was formed via the 2018 merger of Air Medical Group Holdings and American Medical Response and employs 38,000 people. In 2020, GMR performed 4.9 million patient transports utilizing 7,000 ground vehicles, 111 fire vehicles, 306 rotor-wing aircraft, and 106 fixed-wing aircraft.