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Ambulance flight: fast help in case of illness abroad

An ambulance flight can save lives. Because in case of serious illness or accident abroad, every minute counts. If you want to receive the best possible care for yourself, your family and friends, you can rent an ambulance plane from Aviation Broker and ensure fast and safe air transport for the sick. What are the advantages of travelling home in an ambulance jet compared to staying in hospital in the destination country and flying home on a scheduled plane? We give an overview. 

On vacation or on business trips it happens quickly: An accident while skiing, tropical fever or a serious food poisoning at the buffet during a conference - when travelling, many illnesses are threatening, which make a quick return to the home country and first-class medical care necessary. Especially in emerging markets and tropical holiday paradises, doctors' practices and hospitals often do not meet our standards. 

In dicey situations, therefore, minutes can sometimes be decisive. Then a quick return journey to the home country can be the best option. If you have taken out international health insurance - for example with the ADAC - with this option, you can initiate the return journey via your insurance company and have the costs for the return transport covered. But even privately without travel health insurance, worldwide ambulance flights can be booked in emergency situations. 

What is an ambulance flight? 

An ambulance flight is the return transport of patients from abroad by airplane or helicopter. Alternatively, it can also be the flight of a patient from his home town to a distant medical facility. Organ transport in an ambulance jet and helicopter are also included in ambulance flights and can enable organs to be delivered quickly. Patients with particularly serious illnesses should make use of the service of a flight in an ambulance jet. Because the airplanes are private jets converted into flying intensive care units, which can save life and limb in an emergency. 

If you don't want to leave anything to chance in an emergency, an ambulance jet can quickly ensure the benefits of medical treatment at home. In some cases, a helicopter can also be used to bring back the patient. In Europe alone, there are over 200,000 repatriations by helicopter and aircraft every year - so-called repatriation flights.  

Advantages of a flight with an ambulance jet 

  • Individual treatment and care in a high-tech private jet by excellent medical staff 
  • Intensive medical treatment possible  
  • If you are being picked up by an ambulance jet, you are quickly and flexibly on your way back home 
  • Pick-up can also be made from smaller, regional airports 
  • many jets offer flights at ground pressure level 
  • Comfortably rent an ambulance aircraft with Aviation Broker - worldwide and at the best possible price 

How do you initiate an ambulance flight? 

To initiate an ambulance flight abroad, you contact Aviation Broker directly and can conveniently request your ambulance flight with a private aircraft. An aviation physician will then contact the doctor on site to obtain an assessment of the clinical picture and airworthiness. Based on the information provided, our experts also clarify which aircraft with which medical equipment is best suited for the return transport and which medical personnel will be deployed. Just three to four hours after booking with Aviation Broker, the ambulance aircraft is on its way. The team on board usually consists of an aviation physician and a paramedic.  

Ambulance flight with a commercial airliner

  • Alternatively, there is the possibility of an ambulance flight with a scheduled airplane. This variant can also be booked through Aviation Broker. However, this has some disadvantages for the patient, especially when it has to be done quickly: 
  • The lead time takes longer than for an ambulance jet, because only after consultation with an airline does an aircraft need to be equipped with a medically fully equipped intensive care unit
  • Only a few types of aircraft can be used. These include the Boeing 747-400, Airbus 340-600, Airbus 340-300, Airbus 330-300
  • The costs for this variant of return transport are relatively high at 30,000 to 58,000 euros compared to the costs of an ambulance flight in a private jet 

Which aircrafts are used for patient return transports? 

Very different aircraft are used for ambulance flights. Learjets are often used on longer routes. Dornier Do 328-300, Pilatus PC-6, Pilatus PC-12 and many other smaller models from various manufacturers are also used for rescue flights. The Beechcraft King Air and the Beechcraft Super King Air are also among the most popular and frequently used aircraft.  

The equipment of rescue aircraft 

Ambulance jets are usually designed for one to six patients, who can be transported in a lying position. The stretchers for the patients are called stretchers in the aircraft. The equipment of ambulance flights as well as the medical team varies depending on the aircraft and the illness of the patient. 

As a rule, the aircraft are equipped similarly to an ambulance and can be upgraded as a flying intensive care unit if required, so that, for example, intubated patients can also be transported in the aircraft. On board are usually a resuscitator, ventilator, stretcher, ampoule kit, vacuum mattress and suction pump, which together allow for optimal patient care. 

Rent an ambulance jet from Aviation Brooker 

If an emergency situation requires a quick response and an ambulance flight is needed, we are at their side. Aviation Broker is your full charter specialist. With us you can rent an ambulance jet and benefit from the best possible prices. Helicopters, turboprops as well as larger jets are at your disposal. We will provide you with the appropriate aircraft for your return transport. Patients can thus return home quickly and safely - no matter where they are in the world.  


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