US-based fixed-wing air ambulance provider Emergency Airlift, which is headquartered at the Klamath Falls, Oregon airport, announced on 30 July the official start of operations at its new base in the Philippines.
Serving the Asia-Pacific region with Learjets from the Emergency Airlift-Asia base at Subic Bay, and complemented by an Oregon-based Dassault Falcon 50 jet, the firm’s pilots, staff and aircraft are ready 24 hours a day to transport patients to and from locations throughout the region including China, Saipan, Guam, the Philippines, Japan and Hawaii.
Emergency Airlift’s president, Edward A. Langerveld, personally flew the first Learjet from Oregon to the Philippines base in the week prior to the official opening. He noted that the journey from Oregon to the Philippines aboard the Learjet covered 7,151 miles with 17 hours of flying time. The crew made two stops in Alaska, crossed the Bering Sea and refuelled in Russia before departing for Japan, ultimately arriving to a warm welcome at the new base in the Philippines.
Langerveld stated: “After many months of hiring and training crews, prepping and outfitting the aircraft, and setting up the new base, it is quite exciting to see this all come together here in Asia. The location for our new operations was carefully and strategically planned to best serve patients and clients throughout the region who are in need of transport to healthcare.”