Rolls-Royce, Air Evac Lifeteam upgrade medical aircraft

Thursday, 1 March 2007

Orlando, FL: Rolls-Royce, the world-leading provider of power systems and services, has reached an agreement with Air Evac Lifeteam to upgrade the powerplants in its fleet of medical helicopters.

Rolls-Royce will provide 50 new and reconditioned Model 250-C30P turboshaft engines for Air Evac Lifeteam’s fleet of Bell 206L aircraft. The agreement includes training and support, as well as aftermarket services.

Air Evac Lifeteam, based in West Plains, Mo., is a leading provider of air medical transportation to rural communities. Air Evac Lifeteam provides patients with high-caliber, on-the-scene medical attention during the critical hour following an accident or medical emergency and rapid transport to leading medical centers. The membership-supported air ambulance service operates more than 60 bases in 11 centrally-located states.

Scott Crislip, President Helicopters & Small Gas Turbine Engines for Rolls-Royce, said, “We are proud to reach this agreement with Air Evac Lifeteam, one of the leading providers of air-medical services in the United States. Rolls-Royce tailors each agreement to meet the needs of its customer. In this case, we want to ensure that all Air Evac Lifeteam aircraft have the power they need to serve each and every patient.”

James Loftin, Vice President of Aviation for Air Evac Lifeteam, said, “We’re happy to continue working with Rolls-Royce to improve our ability to provide air medical services to the rural communities we serve. The support we receive from Rolls-Royce is invaluable in helping us provide a safe and efficient working environment for our crews and our patients.”

In total, nearly 30,000 Model 250 engines have been produced, with approximately 16,000 remaining in service. It remains one of the highest-selling engines made by Rolls-Royce.

  1. Rolls-Royce, the world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, operates in four global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. It continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products. These investments create high barriers to entry.
  3. The success of its products is demonstrated by rapid and substantial gains in market share. The company now has a total of 54,000 gas turbines in service worldwide and they generate a demand for high-value services throughout their operational lives.
  4. Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and energy customers in 120 countries. Rolls-Royce is a technology leader, employing 38,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries.
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