Eurocopter UK delivers a second EC135 to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust

The new helicopter doubles the capacity of the charity’s service.
A EC135 helicopter owned and operated by Devon Air Ambulance.

A EC135 helicopter owned and operated by Devon Air Ambulance.

The UK subsidiary of Eurocopter has delivered a EC135 P2i helicopter to the Devon Air Ambulance  Trust.

The new helicopter joins an EC135 T2 previously acquired by the Trust – both of which are fully owned by the Exeter-based charity.

“Our new helicopter is a very special air ambulance with many tailored design features that were only made possible by the superb collaboration and understanding between our staff and Eurocopter,” said Heléna Holt, the Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s chief executive.

“Owning both our helicopters is the culmination of many years of planning and fundraising, but it has all been very worthwhile – as we are not only saving considerable sums of money, but are able to continue improving our service to the people of Devon,” she added.

The EC135 P2i version acquired by the Devon Air Ambulance Trust has software and hardware upgrades, with improvements in payload.

Markus Steinke, managing director of Eurocopter UK, said: “The Devon Air Ambulance Trust represents the trend among UK emergency medical services operators in changing over from leasing solutions to the more cost-effective ownership business model.”

Steinke added: “Using our Britian’s helicopter hub in Oxford, we are is ready to accompany all of our customers’ evolving business models with innovative solutions.”

Terry Spruce

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