Air medical transport specialist MedJet International says foreign heads of state receiving treatment in the USA are the likely customers for its air ambulance-configured Boeing Business Jet (BBJ). The aircraft is scheduled to enter service early next year after completion by Ozark Aircraft Systems of Arkansas.

The aircraft, leased from BBJ-One, will join Birmingham, Alabama-based MedJet's fleet of two Bombardier Learjet air ambulances, a Learjet 35A-RX and a Learjet 36A-RX. The BBJ's MedJet-designed interior includes a 75litre liquid oxygen system, multiple heart monitors, defibrillator, ventilator and satellite communications to transmit the patient's vital signs to doctors on the ground, says MedJet president Jeffrey Tolbert.

The BBJ provides space for the sophisticated medical suite as well as for a head of state's entourage, says Tolbert. "There is not an aircraft available anywhere with this capability. Head-of-state executive aircraft are not suitably equipped."

The BBJ, with nine underfloor fuel tanks, will have a range of 12,000km (6,500nm).

Source: Flight International