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If you are sick or injured and need to travel a long distance to return home or to reach a hospital, air travel is probably the most convenient way for you to get there. Nevertheless, you may be concerned that you will be denied boarding on a commercial aircraft due to your current medical condition and wonder if you can charter a private air ambulance instead. There are numerous air ambulance providers worldwide who specialize in medical repatriation and evacuation missions. These are among the primary services provided by Medical Air Service. However, the advantages unique to our company are what distinguishes us as a leader in the aeromedical industry, in addition to collaborating with world-class healthcare facilities.
What does chartering an air ambulance mean?
For some, the ultimate dream is to immerse themselves in the culture of exotic countries and travel to faraway lands. Others find that traveling abroad is an essential part of their jobs. Despite the fact that both types of travelers meticulously plan their trips in advance, very few consider what to do in the event of a serious accident, a traumatic injury, or a major medical emergency outside their home country.
When such an unfortunate event occurs, the quality of medical care available on-site is unquestionably a traveler's top priority. True, some foreign countries lack the medical facilities that you are accustomed to, and you may prefer to return home for long-term medical treatment or simply to be closer to your loved ones. To this end, if flying commercially is not an option, you might want to consider chartering an air ambulance.
Simply contacting an air ambulance provider and chartering one of their private air ambulances, which can be a jet or a helicopter, is all that is required. As previously stated, this mode of air transportation allows you to return home or to a foreign medical facility as quickly and safely as possible.
Air ambulances, also known as medical flights, operate in the same way that ground ambulances do. The main distinction is that they are faster and cover greater distances. They are usually requested when a patient must be transported over long distances and requires special medical care along the way. Heart attacks, strokes or bone fractures are just a few of the special medical cases that necessitate the use of an air ambulance.
Our air ambulances at Medical Air Service are not only designed to handle those kinds of medical emergencies; they can also be used by the elderly who need to travel long distances but cannot handle the stress that comes with flying commercially. Moreover, in this pandemic era of ever-changing border restrictions, we make ourselves available to travelers who find themselves stranded in a foreign, and sometimes remote, country.
International flights: Air ambulances vis-à-vis Commercial flights
Sick or injured, you are wondering whether you are allowed to fly commercially? Well, that depends on a number of factors, such as how sick or injured you are, whether you are contagious, and if you will be comfortable flying long distances (more than 2 hours) in such a confined space.
If you have a fever of more than 37° Celsius or have a contagious disease such as influenza, it is best not to travel on a commercial flight. Even if you try, your airline may deny you boarding if it determines that it is unsafe for the other passengers and flight attendants. Also, depending on the severity of your injury or whether you have had a recent surgery, flying may not be a good idea for you. Because your mobility will be limited in such close quarters, you may find yourself in a very uncomfortable position. Not to mention the increased risk of developing blood clots.
And, as far as Covid-19 is concerned, do not even consider purchasing a ticket if you exhibit even the tiniest symptoms of the disease. Furthermore, depending on the government regulations, you will not be allowed to board a commercial flight if you do not have symptoms but have a positive PCR test.
The argument for chartering our private air ambulance services
Medical Air Service's constant mission is to provide superior air ambulance services to international patients experiencing medical emergencies. We match the professional experience of patient care provided by world-class healthcare facilities. We offer a comprehensive service that begins with expert briefings from our ground crew and dispatchers and progresses to highly trained flight and medical crews with extensive experience dealing with a wide range of situations.
Our dedicated air ambulances also have specialized equipment on board that is properly stored and secured, which commercial airlines cannot always guarantee. Indeed, they are fully equipped to provide treatment to patients suffering from a wide range of illnesses and traumas, and our medical crews are trained in the use of specific medical devices.
Furthermore, our bed-to-bed service makes it simple to transfer patients from their hospital to the aircraft. This is especially important for seriously ill or injured patients who are confined to a stretcher or wheelchair and require horizontal loading and off-loading to maintain their health's stability.
Benefits offered by Medical Air Service
All of these factors make it clear that using Medical Air Service dedicated air ambulances rather than commercial flights is the better option. But hold on, there's more!
Personal aviation expert assisting you
After gathering the necessary information about the patient, our agents will advise you on the best mode of transportation based on the latter’s situation and the distance to be traveled. Depending on your preferences, this could be a medical plane or a helicopter. They will also keep you updated on the chosen route, the medical devices secured on board, and will even ensure your arrival at the hospital of your choice. Of course, you will be kept up to date at all stages of the process and provided with constant support by our caring agents.
Agents speaking various languages (no language barrier)
Our ground and flight crews are fluent in a number of languages, including English and French, as well as Russian, and German. So, wherever you are, you can be confident that we will understand and consider your needs because we speak your language.
Experienced in organizing flights worldwide
Indeed, we can brag about organizing medical repatriation and evacuation missions all over the world. We are always available to help you, whether you are on a large continent or a small island.
Because medical emergencies are unpredictable and can occur at any time, we are available every day of the year, including weekends and holidays. And, because our clients are located in different time zones around the world, our agents are available at all hours of the day and night.
Customized costs (no hidden or excess fees)
It is difficult to provide a ballpark figure for chartering an air ambulance. This is due to the fact that we approach each mission individually and consider your specific requirements before providing you with a quote. Finally, you will only pay for what you require, with the assurance that we will do everything possible to keep costs to a minimum.
Specialized equipment on board
Whatever your medical condition, you can rest assured that our ambulance flights will be appropriately equipped. We can convert our aircraft into intensive care units, complete with incubators for children, intubations for patients in acute respiratory distress, and state-of-the-art isolation devices for those suffering from Covid-19.
Easy booking process
The booking procedure is easy as 1-2-3: call us, book and pay, and wait for us to pick you up.
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