India’s first-ever exclusive Air Ambulance Service launching it’s initiative from Guwahati

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Guwahati, Nov 14: Delhi based Flaps Aviation Private Limited is gearing to launch a Pan-India Air Ambulance service for the first time in the country. Assam’s capital city Guwahati has been chosen for the maiden launch of this service on November 16 (Thursday) in the presence of chief minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal, same deployment of aircraft  will be followed by more launches in non-metro cities like Raipur, Patna, Kochi, Surat and Vishakhapatnam. The service was initiated based on the aspect that air emergency services can prove a boon in cases where bed-to-bed transfer of critically ill patients becomes immediately necessary.

Medical evacuation by air is a concept that is popular in the US and Europe. Now Flaps Aviation is trying to make the same concept popular in India by bringing down the costs involved in medical evacuation. Founder and managing director of the company, Captain Amit Kumar says that although medical evacuation is offered by other chartered companies. Flaps Aviation will tie-up with paramedics, doctors and pharmacies to make this service more patient oriented.

To operate its air ambulance services, the company plans to use five Beechcraft King Air C-90 (twin engine, turbo prop) under its own-schedule operator’s permit. At present it has two C-90s while one more, they are being acquiring very soon. The aircraft will be stationed at the respective state airports where the company will operate.

A membership program is also being initialized by the company to enable patients to avail its air ambulance service at subsidized rates. For this purpose, the company is chalking out partnership tie-ups with state governments, corporate organizations, NGOs, etc. Talks are also on to engage medical insurance companies to help make this service cashless with low premium.

Meanwhile, Flaps Aviation is also requesting the respective state governments to integrate the company’s toll free number with ‘108’, the state government managed free telephone number for emergency medical services.

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