Bombardier delivers first Challenger 650 aircraft to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega

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April 23, 2018: Aeromedical evacuation specialist Swiss Air-Rescue Rega has received its first of three Challenger 650 aircraft from aircarft manufacturer Bombardier.

The first Challenger 650 aircraft has been converted into an air ambulance for Bombardier’s long-standing customer Swiss Air-Rescue Rega. The Swiss air ambulance service will take delivery of two more Challenger 650 aircraft this year, replacing its earlier-generation Challenger 604 fleet.

“The Challenger 650 aircraft is an ideal air ambulance vehicle, with the reliability needed when emergencies arise and a smooth ride that is essential when delivering in-flight medical care,” said David Coleal, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega carries out air-rescue operations in Switzerland with a fleet of 17 rescue helicopters and repatriates patients from abroad with three ambulance jets. 

The Challenger 650 aircraft combines the tried-and-true performance upon which Rega has depended for decades, with the enhancements and technology to be the life-saving fleet of a new generation. Its higher-thrust engines allow for a shorter take-off distance, and the Bombardier Vision flight deck reduces pilot workload. The Challenger 650 aircraft offers a quieter cabin and a smooth ride, for the comfort of both patients and crew, as well as an impressive range of 4,000 nautical miles.

“Bombardier’s Challenger aircraft have more than proven their ability to carry out critical missions over the years,” said Ernst Kohler, chief executive officer and chairman of the Management Board of Rega. “With these three new, high-performing air ambulances we are ensuring that Rega can continue to provide reliable and professional assistance to patients all over the world throughout the next 15 years.”

The Challenger 650 aircraft has the versatility to carry out various special missions. It features the highest wing loading of any aircraft it its class, providing an exceptionally smooth ride that benefits passengers, minimizes pilot fatigue and extends the life of mission equipment. 

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