Air ambulance or scheduled flight – what makes more sense?

Medical transport on a chartered flight is the most economical way of transporting injured or sick people by air. However, it is worth noting that this is only possible for less complex illnesses when patients are not dependent on artificial respiration or other intensive care procedures during patient transport.

So what exactly is a scheduled flight? Several rows of seats are transformed into a special transport stretcher. On average, it takes only 1-2 days to prepare a scheduled flight. While such ambulance flights are usually adequate mostly for direct flights from Airport of departure to the final destination, scheduled flights are also possible if it is reasonable for you to change flights. However, despite the option to transit, it is worth noting that any delays on your first transit flight may lead to overall delays or cancellations on a later leg of your journey.

Air-ambulance or scheduled flight – what makes more sense?

It is generally also possible to transport intensive care patients by a chartered flight using the so-called PTC (Patient Transport Compartment). This is a compact mini cabin fitted with extensive intensive care equipment. The cabin houses, in addition to an adjustable patient transport stretcher, the medical team as well, guaranteeing maximum privacy for all people involved with partition walls on both sides. However, it takes more time to prepare such transport, time which patients in most cases do not have because of their medical urgency and state.

In many cases, especially when it concerns transportation of intensive care patients, only an individual ambulance aircraft airplane comes into consideration. With an ambulance aircraft, it is possible to arrange medical repatriation at extremely short notice with (depending on the trajectory after one hour upwards); it guarantees best-possible medical patient care during the entire patient transport. It is not necessary to take “normal” passengers or potential breaches of patient privacy into consideration. The medical team as well as the accompanying persons have the necessary leg space to comprehensively care for the patient and his/her wellbeing. The handling at the airport is significantly quicker with a private air-ambulance flight as well; it even takes significantly longer to board a scheduled flight when a patient is on board as well.

Each type of repatriation by air has its distinct advantages, as you might have noticed. We consult you on the optimal medical air service for your case, free of costs or obligation. You can call us directly, write an email, or fill out the contact form. Our office is staffed each day, round the clock, so you always find a ready ear for your request.

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