Commercial Airline Repatriation

There are several reasons you might need a medical repatriation. Intensive care patients usually need a quick medevac by ambulance jet or helicopter. Depending on the patient‘s condition and the flight route, medical transport on scheduled flights presents an economic alternative to the use of ambulance jets with intensive care equipment.

We therefore offer our medical flight escort service on a number of flight routes. Qualified medical personnel accompany the patient, and are able to assist quickly using the carry-on medical emergency equipment in case of complications. Three different types of medical transport on a commercial airline flight are available, each being focussed on the patient‘s well-being and safety.

Commercial Airline Repatriation via Medical Escort

For patients in a stable condition, who are able to travel sitting upright and who only need accompaniment by a medic, we offer the service of air medical escort

We offer a non-emergency air ambulance service for patients who are mobile and not acutely ill and who just need medical attention while travelling; for example, those suffering due to a previous health condition. A qualified specialist doctor or paramedic is provided who accompanies the patient throughout the medical repatriation flight and always remains close by. Thus, the flight medic can take quick action if the patient’s condition worsens. The emergency medical equipment carried on board allows the accompanying medical personnel to provide first aid, if needed.

Medical repatriation flights are usually carried out in business class, yet are also possible in economy class. Medically accompanied flights are particularly appropriate for weak but mobile patients who travel without a relative or another trusted person at their side.

When choosing a medic to provide medical care during the flight, we consider the medic’s professional qualification and ensure that both patient and medic are well suited; after all, the patient’s psychological well-being is a fundamental component of successful medical air transport – especially on long-distance flights.

Commercial Airline Repatriation via Stretcher Transport

Air medical transport by scheduled commercial airliner

For patients who do not require any permanent medical support but who must, however, travel lying down and under medical supervision, stretcher transport on a commercial airline flight is a low-cost alternative to the use of an ambulance jet. Therefore, we offer you a medical repatriation service on a large number of flight routes. Qualified air medics accompany the patient and, in the case of complications, can offer quick assistance since the emergency medical equipment is carried on board. If necessary, the patient travels on a stretcher installed in the passenger cabin, and is separated from other passengers by a screen. Next of kin, as well as the accompanying physicians, travel in close proximity to the patient, and have permanent access.

The patient will be transferred to and from the scheduled airliner in a specifically equipped ambulance, and will board and disembark the plane on a stretcher directly from and to the ambulance.

Commercial Airline Repatriation via Intensive Care Transport

Medical stretcher flight

Seriously-ill patients can travel lying down at low cost on scheduled flights with the aid of so-called PTCs (Patient Transport Compartment). The medical and technical equipment of this separate area corresponds to that of rescue vehicles, and enables the transport of intensive-care patients with artificial respiration needs. PTC transport is available on long-distance routes, and these compartments are fitted with the following medical resources among others:

  • Scoop stretcher with vacuum mattress and patient heating system
  • Emergency backpack with special equipment for child and baby care
  • Portable intensive care transport respirator
  • Oxygen; infection-protection sets
  • Artificial respiration bag with demand valve, as well as vacuum pumps
  • Multi-function monitoring for ECG monitoring, blood-pressure measurement, pulsoximetry, capnography and temperature measurement
  • Bi-phase defibrillator, as well as external cardiac pacemakers, injection pumps and pressure infusion bags

Depending on the condition of the patient, additional medical equipment and drugs are available to ensure the highest standard of medical safety during the flight.

Of course, we will transfer the patient to and from the scheduled airliner in a specifically equipped ambulance. Further, we will board and disembark the plane on a stretcher directly from and to the ambulance to ensure a comfortable transfer.

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If you would like to know more about the organisation of intensive care transport by ambulance aircraft please visit our FAQ here.

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We are happy to advise you whether commercial airline repatriation is appropriate for you or if other alternatives are more suitable. Our team is at your disposal at any time, every day, for a non-binding and free of charge consultation. If so desired, within hours, we realize your medical repatriation from a foreign country– wherever you need our help worldwide. Please contact us: