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Boston MedFlight Begins Aircraft Fleet Upgrade With Purchase of EC145 from American Eurocopter

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (January 17, 2013) -- American Eurocopter, the leading provider of helicopters to the U.S. air medical transport industry, today announced that Boston MedFlight has placed an order for an EC145 helicopter for emergency air medical transport.

Boston MedFlight is a not-for-profit organization providing critical care transport service. Using state-of-the-art air and ground vehicles and equipment, Boston MedFlight provides the highest level of care to more than 2,700 patients a year, transporting more than 49,000 critical patients since its founding in 1985. As a not-for-profit organization, Boston MedFlight is financially supported in part by a consortium of Boston hospitals including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center.

Boston MedFlight selected the EC145, which features the latest flight control, navigation and safety technology, as the best aircraft to replace their current fleet of BK117s. The decision was made after a thorough evaluation of competitive aircraft. This is the initial step in a phased fleet upgrade program with the first new helicopter delivery slated for August.

“We are excited about this addition to our fleet,” said Boston MedFlight Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Wedel. “This new helicopter will help us continue to provide exceptional care to the people of Massachusetts and the islands.”

“American Eurocopter has a long-standing relationship with Boston MedFlight,” said American Eurocopter Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Treg Manning. “We are excited and proud to have the EC145 contribute to this highly successful operation.” 
The EC145 offers multi-mission capability in a medium-class, twin-engine helicopter.  It has made its mark in the U.S. market, particularly among air medical service operators – winning competitions based on the aircraft’s speed, advanced glass cockpit, extra-large cabin and exceptional visibility.  With high-set main and tail rotors, the EC145 ensures safe ground operations, even during “hot” loading/unloading operations with the rotors turning.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. Company headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS.

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