Balance Aviation to deliver two ambulance PC-12s to Kazakhstan
Balance Aviation, the exclusive authorized Pilatus sales and service center in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, and Dala Air, the first and largest operator of Pilatus PC-12 ambulance aircraft in Central Asia, have signed a contract to purchase two ambulance PC-12 NGXs to be delivered in 2023.
The new PC-12 NGX turboprops will join the operator's growing fleet, which now consists of 18 helicopters and seven aircraft, including two ambulance PC-12s.
"We are glad to increase our fleet of Pilatus PC-12 NGX turboprops and continue our partnership with the industry leader Pilatus Aircraft,” said, Dala Air CEO, Vyacheslav Romanenko.
The aircraft will be delivered in medevac configuration with medical modules manufactured by Spectrum Aeromed, USA, certified to FAA and EASA standards, and equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment required to provide emergency medical care.
Alexei Mordvintsev, Balance Aviation Sales Director added: "The unique performance of the Swiss PC-12 NGX aircraft makes them irreplaceable in the harsh climatic and geographical conditions of Kazakhstan and the entire Central Asian region. The aircraft are designed to use short unpaved runways, which allows them to access small remote airfields, and their wide cargo door allows easy boarding and unloading, including patients on stretchers. We are confident that the contract for the delivery of two new aircraft to one of the leading air ambulance operators in the region, Dala Air, will be an important step to further strengthen and develop our cooperation.”
Today, the PC-12 is widely used in air ambulance missions in Australia, Canada, the United States, and South Africa. Pilatus Aircraft estimates a total of more than 100 PC-12s in the world used in air ambulance service. One of the most striking examples of the effective use of these aircraft was the Australian company Royal Flying Doctor, successfully performing medical missions on this type of aircraft.
The single-engine turboprop PC-12 NGX can carry up to 9 passengers depending on the configuration, has a top speed of 537 km/h and can fly up to 3,426 km without refueling.
PC-12 NGX is the third generation of Switzerland's legendary Pilatus PC-12 turboprop aircraft. A number of new technologies have been introduced on the aircraft, increasing its efficiency, reliability, comfort and safety. A unique distinguishing feature of all PC-12 aircraft is their wide cargo door measuring 1,35 x 1,32 m, which opens directly into the cabin.
BlueSky Business Aviation News | 8th September 2022 | Issue #668