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Loganair converting aircraft to carry Covid-19 patients

Loganair
Loganair

Loganair has converted an aircraft to carry Covid-19 patients for the Scottish Ambulance Service.

A Twin Otter aircraft has been transformed into an additional air ambulance aircraft, allowing it to carry Epishuttle isolation pods for the safe transport of coronavirus patients by air.

Based at Glasgow airport, it will be able to operate throughout Scotland with pilots receiving a special briefing last week.

The Loganair air ambulance

Loganair is also working to convert a larger Saab 340 aircraft which will operate into Highlands and Islands airports, except from Barra.

This will have the capacity to carry two Epishuttle pods and medical teams simultaneously and is expected to be available in the next seven days.

Barra, with its unique beach airport, will be served by the smaller Twin Otter.

Loganair’s chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “The team effort to make this happen, moving from a concept to an operational solution in just a week, has been absolutely incredible.

“Between the SAS and Loganair teams, the concept, testing and training has all taken place and we’re also grateful for the support from the Civil Aviation Authority in progressing this project.

“Although the circumstances under which all of this work has been undertaken are ones that we’d never have wished to see, I’m heartened that the effort which has gone into this is truly admirable.

“We will support the Scottish Ambulance Service, the NHS and the island communities who rely on Loganair for their lifeline air services if and when our assistance is needed.”

 

 

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