The London Air Ambulance Charity (LAAC) has ordered two Airbus H135s for it’s fleet renewal programme which it confirmed at a signing ceremony at Farnborough this morning. The two aircraft, which are due to be delivered in September and October of 2024 respectively will replace the LAAC’s two MD902 Explorers. The demands of LAAC’s area of operations led to a robust acquisition process explained LAAC Deputy CEO Charles Newett “Our treatment strategy is based on getting our clinical teams as close to the casualty, as quickly as possible in addition there are the confines of space in London so we need to get into very restricted spaces. Add to that, there is the risk of the public being present. The compact size of the H135 combined with the fenestron tail rotor and high ground clearance are attractive features”. Newett went on to add that internal space and the equipment that can be packed into the 135 were key factors in it’s selection.
While the medical fit is yet to be defined, with clinical teams being involved in the eventual contents and layout of the Medical support package.
In addition, to the sale Airbus Helicopters UK base at Oxford airport have signed a maintenance support package for the two aircraft. Which will see line tasks carried at RAF Northolt in West London while heavier work will be completed at Oxford Airport.