Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance orders an AW169


Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and AgustaWestland signing ceremony for an AW169 at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014 (Photo: Terry Spruce)

The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance signed a contract for an AgustaWestland AW169 at the Farnborough Airshow.

The AgustaWestland AW169 will start operations from its base at Henstridge on the Dorset/Somerset border in South West England in 2016.

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Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance CEO said: “Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s vision for the future assume one of clinical excellence. The capability and flexibility offered by the AW169 made it a clear winner in our selection process. We are looking forward to the point in time when we can start operating this fantastic helicopter and offering our patients an even more capable service that we have been proud to do in the last 14 years.”

The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s AW169 helicopter will feature a full air medical interior and the aircraft will be able to carry two stretchers.

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