- Southeast Asia identified as key market for air ambulance aircraft
- Jet converts from VIP to air ambulance configuration in less than 30 minutes
SHANGHAI, CHINA April 16, 2013 – Nextant Aerospace ("Nextant"), maker of the Nextant 400XT, the world's only remanufactured business jet, has today launched its new air ambulance conversion module for its 400XT model.
The equipment, based on a platform by Spectrum Aeromed - a world leader in the provision of air ambulance equipment – enables the Nextant 400XT to be converted from a VIP configuration to a fully ACLS capable critical care room with self-contained ambulance bed in less than 30 minutes. The 400XT air ambulance gives operators the speed and range of larger aircraft but at a significantly lower acquisition and operating costs.
Since launching in Asia in 2012, Nextant has seen strong interest in the market due to the aircraft's unique combination of performance, comfort and value. It expects the introduction of its air ambulance module to stimulate further demand and drive sales of the platform as the market for such services grows.
Demand for special missions aircraft has seen dramatic growth across the globe in recent years with aircraft equipped for emergency medical services leading the segment. Ascend, the aviation consultancy, recently estimated that the number of fixed-wing emergency medical service aircraft has increased by 40% since 2007.
The Nextant Aerospace factory-installed system, which is designed to work as a convertible VIP interior and costs less than $100,000 to install, boasts the following features:
- Quick change modules which enable flight crew to have readily available life support solutions at a moment's notice;
- A seat rail adapter allowing the aircraft to be converted from standard configuration to air ambulance configuration in less than 30 minutes;
- The base system is completely self-contained and includes a 3,500 ltr. oxygen bottle, inverter, dual air-pumps and vacuum-pump, manual loading system, stretcher bridge w/ mounting poles;
- In addition to a convertible interior, Nextant will also offer a dedicated air ambulance interior for operators that don't plan to offer business charter flights as well.
"One of the most common requests we're getting from fleet operators is for platforms that can be used to provide air ambulance services," said Jay Heublein, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing. "The 400XT is the ideal aircraft for these missions due primarily to its exceptional combination of range and best in class operating rates. We have seen strong initial demand from Asia so ABACE is the perfect environment to announce this new program."
"The air ambulance module is a great addition to the 400XT and one which we anticipate being very popular. This is our first Special Mission application and we look forward to expanding our Special Missions portfolio in the near future."
About Nextant Aerospace
Nextant Aerospace was founded in 2007 for the primary purpose of developing an aircraft modernization program. The company is credited with being the first to introduce the concept of aircraft remanufacturing to the business jet market. The Nextant 400XT is a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/XP equipped with the Williams FJ44-3AP engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ integrated avionics suite. The new aircraft also benefits from significant aerodynamic enhancements including newly designed nacelles, pylons and an improved engine mounting configuration. The 400XT is delivered as a new aircraft with a two-year, full aircraft warranty and is supported by a global network of owned and authorized service centers. Nextant's design and manufacturing facility is located in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Cuyahoga County Airport. For more information, please visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @nextantaero or join us on LinkedIn.
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 Financial Times, 29 October 2012