Prestige Flight Ambulance launched
Abu Dhabi, November 17, 2008
Prestige Jet has announced the launch of a new subsidiary company, Prestige Flight Ambulance (PFA) to cater to the massive surge in demand for medical evacuation and repatriation services from the region.
Prestige Jet is the fastest-growing private jet operator in the region.
The new company underlines a successful operation that was launched earlier this year to offer a worldwide air ambulance service for patients to transport them from/to UAE and any place in the world, said a company official.
'Through Prestige Flight Ambulance, Prestige Jet will operate two dedicated aircraft permanently positioned in Abu Dhabi - a Challenger 604 and a Lear 55 - to carry patients to any destination in the world,' explained Gaith Ben Hamil Al-Gaith, chairman of Prestige Jet.
The company's medical evacuation services had been recognised as the foremost in the industry in the Middle East region.
'As a result we have been growing exponentially. We have recently won the UAE ministry of health tender because we provide a service of the highest standards to ensure the comfort and safety of patients seeking or requiring treatment elsewhere in the world,' he noted.
“Our new subsidiary company is a natural progression of the successful relationship we have enjoyed. The outstanding services of the highly-trained team of medical and aviation professionals, their customer-focus and attention to detail generated a high demand for the business in the region.”
'All medical evacuation trips are carried on board a fully-equipped aircraft, the equivalent of an on-board intensive care unit and are staffed with a pool of highly-experienced paramedics who are permanently in practice,' Al Gaith explained.
The company’s craft and crew operate to international standards and work closely with individual patients' own physicians, who often accompany the patient on board the flight. It also provides a female crew when needed.
Faris Deeb, managing director of Prestige Jet, said the PFA has been set up following high demand for air ambulance services from the private sector as well as government, the military and private hospitals.
“Since the beginning of the year, we have been tasked with more than 45 medical evacuation missions that include critical cases, from the health ministry, local health authorities and private medical hospitals, with a 100 per cent success rate.”
Prestige Flight Ambulance expects a growth of 60 per cent by adding these two dedicated state-of-the-art air ambulance jets.
“The Challenger 604 and the Lear 55 will facilitate a worldwide bedside-to-bedside service on a personal handling basis, without restrictions, 24x7,” Deeb added.-TradeArabia News Service