Swiss air ambulance operator Rettungsflugwacht/Garde Aérienne (Rega) has replaced its six Agusta A109-K2 twin-engined rescue helicopters with Eurocopter EC145s for longer-range missions in low altitude areas. The move completes its fleet-renewal programme.

Five of the helicopters were sold to a Slovakian EMS operator, while the Swiss civil aviation authority FOCA has taken one for inspection duties. During 2002 Rega changed its fixed-wing fleet with the acquisition of three emergency medical services-configured Bombardier Challenger 604s. The operator, a corporate division of the Swiss Red Cross, has disposed of its two twin-engined Raytheon Hawker 800 jets and a Challenger 601.

Source: Flight International