G550 to the rescue


OEMs & BROKERAGE / ASIA | 16/03/2017

The Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center has selected the Gulfstream G550 to expand its medevac services in Beijing and the surrounding region.

The Gulfstream G550 will join the company’s fleet of two emergency medical services helicopters, a Dassault Falcon 2000LX in medevac configuration and 300 ambulances, and will be used for disaster relief and air rescue services.

According to a company statement, the aircraft will be outfitted with a medical bay, a powered gurney loading system on aircraft stairs, fold-out nurses’ seats for individual patient care, refrigerated medical storage cabinets, X-ray viewing equipment and crew rests with berthing. The aircraft will also feature in-flight emergency resuscitation enabled by hospital beds with inboard tracking capabilities for better doctor-patient access.

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“The aircraft’s customizable cabin will serve as an example for future programs,” commented Gulfstream Worldwide Sales Senior VP Scott Neal.

The G550 can fly non-stop from Beijing to New York in just over 13 hours at Mach 0.83 and nonstop from Beijing to London in 10 hours at Mach 0.85. More than 500 G550 aircraft are in service worldwide. The Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center was established in 2010 and currently employs more than 1,000 people.