The extension will see Babcock continue to provide aviation support to the charity, including helicopters, equipment, maintenance, pilots and ground support.
GWACC CEO Anna Perry said the charity was ‘delighted’ to offer the new five-year term to Babcock, and that it ‘remains consistently impressed with the quality of helicopter maintenance and availability’.
She added that: “GWAAC’s partnership with Babcock stretches back to the very beginning of our operations. We consider them our long-term partner in delivering our air ambulance service and managing all aspects of aviation for us, allowing us to focus on the things we do best.”
Babcock UK’s Onshore division has provided aviation services to the charity, which serves Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire, as well as the cities of Bristol and Bath, since its establishment in 2008.
GWAAC responded to 1,964 call-outs in 2021 – its second-busiest year on record – attending an average of over five incidents per day.