REX subsidiary Pel-Air this week announced it had taken delivery of the first of five Beechcraft King Air 350s destined for the NSW Ambulance Service contract.
Pel-Air won the fixed-wing ambulance contract in February this year and will commence operations in January 2022.
The aircraft are set to be modified locally to enable the aircraft to be used for several operations including patient transfers, newborn and paediatric emergency transport, over-water aeromedical transfers and major incident response.
The first King Air 350 has been registered as VH-AMD, a registration that was historically used for air ambulances in NSW. Pel-Air was able to secure the registration again after the owner of the aircraft using it agreed to release it.
The new aircraft, which will be based in Mascot at Sydney Airport, will replace the current mixed fleet of King Air B200 and B350 aircraft currently on the NSW Ambulance contract.
Pel-Air is currently recruiting pilots in preparation for the service to begin in 2022.