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News > Airlift Northwest Orders Four EC145s from American Eurocopter

Airlift Northwest Orders Four EC145s from American Eurocopter

September 17, 2007

From the 2007 Air Medical Transport Conference in the Tampa Convention Center, American Eurocopter announces that Airlift Northwest has ordered four EC145 helicopters to expand the company’s mission capability and upgrade the company’s fleet. Airlift Northwest provides air medical service for one of the largest and most geographically varied service areas in the world—from southeast Alaska to coastal villages in western Washington and central Washington. 
“We conducted an extensive, objective assessment of all the potential aircraft that would fit our mission needs, and the EC145 was clearly the best choice. The safety and capability of the aircraft combined with American Eurocopter’s strong customer support were key to us in making this decision,” said Stephen J. Lewis, Airlift Northwest Chief Executive Officer.  
Responding from one of seven bases located strategically throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, Airlift Northwest has safely cared for more than 55,000 patients since its inception in 1982…more than 250,000 takeoffs and landings. The air medical service is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services, the “gold standard” in air medical transport. 
"We will be able to expand our mission profile and enhance our service to the region with the EC145,” continues Lewis. “Whether transporting a patient from a rural hospital at sea level, meeting SAR teams with an injured climber at 10,000 feet or flying our neonate team with all the staff and equipment they need, this aircraft will safely and effectively give us the performance we need for many years to come.” 
The Eurocopter EC145 is quickly becoming the choice of U.S. AMS operators. The helicopter’s spacious cabin has room for two pilots and three medical practitioners with space for two patient litters and a comprehensive equipment bay. Built with high set main and tail rotors, the EC145 is fast, safe, and provides in excess of 135 cubic feet of cabin volume. 
Powered by two Turbomeca ARRIEL engines, the EC145 delivers a top speed of 145 kts and a fast cruising speed of 131 kts. Its service ceiling is 17,200 ft., and the EC145 climbs at a rate 1,600 ft/minute. With standard tanks, the EC145 has a range of 370 nautical miles, and can fly in temperatures ranging from -31 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.  
About American Eurocopter 
American Eurocopter is the American subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter's headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large new manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi.

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