Gulfstream Aerospace on Monday announced a new partnership with the Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center to deliver a Gulfstream G550 aircraft for medical evacuation services in Beijing.
The G550 medevac will be used for disaster relief and air rescue services and will feature in-flight surgical operation capabilities, emergency resuscitation enabled hospital beds along with X-ray equipment, refrigerated medical storage cabinets and medical bay.
While it’s not the first time the model has been selected for medevac use, the Beijing aircraft will be the most technologically advanced bringing a new level of medevac aircraft to the sky, said Gulfstream president, Mark Burns.
“The airborne intensive care unit the medevac configuration has is the most comprehensive and complex we’ve encountered to date,” Burns said.
“I believe this G550 will serve as a model for medevac operations for years to come.”
Calling it a proud day for Gulfstream and the company’s thousands of employees, Burns said he was confident that the aircraft would provide the Beijing Red Cross with unmatched reliability and aid in the organization’s continued success.
Speaking through a translator, Li Libing, director of the Beijing organization — which is also known as Beijing 999 - said Monday’s signing marked a milestone for China’s emergency medical industry and the organization was pleased to partner with Gulfstream.
Burns said Gulfstream is continuing to grow its presence in China and he hopes the company will fill the need for medevac aircrafts as the industry expands.
“We’re looking to put more and more G550s and G650s into the market and to be able to do that in the medevac configuration is very important for us,” Burns said.
“It shows the technical capability of our staff and their confidence in us to design a very complex airplane.”
Established in 2010, the Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center employs more than 1,000 people and the G550 will join its fleet of two emergency medical service helicopters, a fixed-wing medevac aircraft and 300 ambulances.