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New direction for Luxembourg Air Ambulance service

Filed under: Air Ambulances Abroad — Posted by: Mark on January 2, 2012

The Luxembourg Air Ambulance and Luxembourg Air Rescue companies have been renamed ‘The Ducair Luxembourg Air Ambulance’, in order to strengthen the relationship with Findel Airport base and improve the life saving service as a whole.

The president of the association, René Closter, was quick to reassure everyone that the changes will not have any detrimental effect on the service:

“Nothing changes in the way we operate immediately‚Ķ simply to carry out our core missions, we must manage (things better).”

The service is a vital part of the European Air Ambulance services; supplying transplant transport services, bed to bed repatriation services and emergency medical evacuation throughout the continent.

However, it takes a lot of management, particularly on a financial level. An entirely not-for-profit organisation, the costs involved are extremely high.

Employing 140 highly qualified people, the leasing of the buildings and the aircraft themselves are hugely expensive.

Helicopters cost in the region of EUR 6m with annual maintenance costs of EUR 1.8m. With two Lear jets too, the service runs one of the most modern fleets of its kind in the world.

Whilst there is a EUR 500,000 grant in place, this represents just 2.5 per cent of its operational costs each year. As such, the ongoing service it continues to provide is largely down to the contributions received from the 185,000 members.

The service provided will be the same, but rather than having two separate entities operating the service, they have been brought together under the one umbrella.

This should allow for far greater cohesion in the operation of the service, and the management of its legal and financial obligations.

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