Duke Life Flight ordered two EC145 helicopters


New EC145s will replace leased EC135 helicopters currently used by Duke Life Flight

Duke University HospitalAmerican Eurocopter announced at the Air
Medical Transport Conference in St Louis that Duke University
Hospital’s Life Flight
has ordered two EC145 helicopters. These helicopters will replace the programme’s
two EC135 aircraft and provide increased capabilities for the patients they

“Duke Life Flight has been a long-time
customer,” said Treg Manning, vice president of sales for American Eurocopter.
“The EC145’s combination of size, performance and advanced technologies is a
good fit for the program and we are very pleased that Duke Life Flight has
chosen another Eurocopter model for their fleet.”

“We have been very happy with our leased
EC135s, but have decided to invest in the long-term sustainability of our
program and purchase the EC145s,” said Henry Ward, administrative director,
Duke Life Flight. “The EC145 has a much larger cabin, which is important for
the type of specialised equipment we carry, plus it allows us to load a
full-size stretcher and have head-to-toe access to our patients.”

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