(15 Mar 2022, 11:49 +07)
Boston MedFlight has ordered a five-bladed
Airbus H145 helicopter.
One of the region’s primary providers
of critical care and medical transport, Boston MedFlight cares for more than 5,600
patients annually, including the most critically ill and injured
infants, children and adults.
The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization provides more than $7 million each year in free
and unreimbursed care to patients in need who have little or no
Its current Airbus fleet of five H145 helicopters
serve as mobile ICUs, staffed by a critical care nurse and
critical care paramedic.
Boston MedFlight Airbus H145
“The H145 has been a proven and efficient platform
for us to carry out critical life-saving flights when time is of
the essence, and we look forward to improving and expanding our
capabilities with the addition of the newest H145 variant to our
fleet,” said Boston MedFlight CEO Maura Hughes. “The power,
stability, large cabin size and flexibility of this platform
enable us to provide expert and compassionate care to our patients
in the air while also knowing that we can carry all the equipment
needed for whatever medical emergency comes our way. We thank
Airbus for their support and look forward to beginning operations
with this new H145.”
The purchase of the new five-bladed H145 is part
of an ongoing fleet renewal and expansion program to meet
increased demand for critical care transport in the Boston area. Boston MedFlight also plans to retrofit their current fleet to the
five-bladed variant in the next year.
“Boston MedFlight will be the first air medical
operator in the U.S. to take delivery of a new five-bladed H145,
and we are extremely proud to support the essential, life-saving
work that they carry out every day,” said Romain Trapp, President
of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and head of the North America region.
“The H145 is a fantastic tool for any air medical operator who
needs their helicopter to be an actual flying hospital or ICU. We
are grateful to all the team at Boston MedFlight for continuing to
place their trust in Airbus and thank them for being such a
The latest upgrade of the multi-mission H145 adds
an innovative five-bladed rotor system, increasing the useful
load of the helicopter by 330 lbs (150 kg), simplifying
maintenance operations and improving ride comfort for both
passengers and crew.
Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the
H145 is equipped with full authority digital engine control
(FADEC) and Airbus’s own Helionix digital avionics suite,
increasing safety and reducing pilot workload.