USA firm Global Medical Response (GMR) will add 21 Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft to its fleet for the emergency medical services (EMS) mission.

The helicopters will come from the H125, H130, and H135 families, says Airbus Helicopters.

H135 operated by GMR Airbus Helicopters

Source: GMR

An H135 operated by Global Medical Response

In addition, GMR is taking options on 23 units, bringing the total potential order to 44 helicopters. Airbus Helicopters did not provide a delivery timeframe, or the value of the order. 

“We fly a variety of Airbus products, but the main thing they have in common – and the most important thing we look for in our critical care transport solutions – is reliability,” says Rob Hamilton, president of the GMR Alliances Group.

“Our Airbus fleet allows us to respond quickly and transport critical patients with the appropriate level of care to give them the absolute best chance of survival. With the addition of these new aircraft, our fleet grows stronger and more capable to save lives when it matters most.”

Airbus adds that GMR has taken delivery of 15 Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in the past 18 months.

GMR provides a number of medical transportation services, including EMS. Airbus Helicopters says the company is one of its largest operators, with an installed airbus fleet of nearly 133 units. The companies operating brands include Air Evac Lifeteam, Guardian Flight, Med-Trans Corp, and Reach Air Medical Services.

“The air medical mission demands high availability rates,” says Romain Tripp, who heads Airbus Helicopters in North America.

“The H125 and H130 set the standard in the single-engine segment, and the H135 has stood out in the twin-engine segment thanks to its consistent reliable performance in this mission.”