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Gulfstream sells G550 to Beijing 999

Chinese medical evacuation provider Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center (Beijing 999) has acquired a Gulfstream G550 to support its disaster relief and medevac efforts.

The large-cabin twinjet will be outfitted at the US airframer’s maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Appleton, Wisconsin. Features will include in-flight surgical operation capabilities, emergency resuscitation-enabled hospital beds, X-ray equipment, refrigerated medical storage cabinets and a medical bay, Gulfstream says.

A delivery date to Beijing 999 has yet to be determined, the airframer says. It notes that there are already 25 G550s and smaller and shorter-range G450s in medical evacuation service worldwide. Some of these are also used for special-mission and support operations, such as military personnel transport, atmospheric research and surveillance duties.

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“We are committed to working with customers to deliver an aircraft that exceeds their requirements, and this uniquely tailored G550 is no exception,” says Scott Neal, Gulfstream’s senior vice-president for worldwide sales. “The aircraft’s customisable cabin will serve as an example for future programmes.”

The G550 will be the second fixed-wing aircraft in Beijing 999’s line-up, following the November 2015 delivery of a large-cabin Dassault Falcon 2000LX. The company also operates two Airbus Helicopters H135s.

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