General Aviation First converted Challenger 650 delivered to Air-Rescue Rega

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Swiss Air-Rescue Rega has received its first of three converted Bombardier Challenger 650 aircraft.

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Bombardier has delivered the first Challenger 650 aircraft, which is converted into an air ambulance, to customer Swiss Air-Rescue Rega. The operator will phase out its aging Challenger 604 fleet soon.

The aircraft is equipped with a specially outfitted cabin, in which intensive care units represent the next generation of airborne medical operations. Higher thrust engines allow the aircraft to need less take-off distance and the flight deck reduces pilot workload due to new avionics.

Two patients can be fitted in the aircraft, which has a range of 4,000 nautical miles.

“It is incredibly rewarding for us that Bombardier jets help save so many lives while in service with Rega, and we are thrilled that they will continue to do so for many years to come,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Challenger 650 aircraft is an ideal air ambulance vehicle, with the reliability needed when emergencies arise and a smooth ride that is essential when delivering in-flight medical care.”

Rega is a non-profit foundation, based in Zurich, Switzerland. The operator performs medical services with 17 ambulance helicopters and three Bombardier Challenger 604 jets. In 1982, Riga acquired its first Bombardier ambulance jet.

“Bombardier’s Challenger aircraft have more than proven their ability to carry out critical missions over the years,” said Ernst Kohler, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board of Rega, which will take possession of two more Challenger 650 aircraft in 2018. “With these three new, high-performing air ambulances we are ensuring that Rega can continue to provide reliable and professional assistance to patients all over the world throughout the next 15 years.”

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