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Wales Air Ambulance launches 4th aircraft for Cardiff base


Wales is set to have the biggest air ambulance operation in the UK, as its service launches a fourth helicopter, it was announced today.



Wales Air Ambulance launches 4th aircraft for Cardiff base

And the Wales Air Ambulance Charity will operate its additional aircraft from a new base in Cardiff – its first-ever in the capital.

The extra helicopter will enable the charity to accept more missions to help save lives across the country.

Since its launch in 2001, it has completed 24,000 missions across the country.  Its current fleet of three helicopters operates from bases in Llanelli, Caernarfon and Welshpool.

The Wales Air Ambulance is the official air ambulance operation in Wales, providing air cover for life-threatening, life-changing and time critical illness or injury.

Its medical crews, seconded from NHS Wales, provide pioneering treatments and work closely with all other official emergency agencies and hospitals in Wales.  

The fourth helicopter will be unveiled to the public at the Swansea Air Show, which runs from July 1 to 3.

"Its always been our vision to expand our fleet so we can help more patients, and to have a base in Cardiff"
Angela Hughes



During the rest of July it will be used for training.  It will become operational within the Wales Air Ambulance fleet on 1 August.

The charity receives no government funding. It relies on public donations to keep the helicopters flying.  It needs to raise £6m annually to maintain its service.

Wales Air Ambulance Chief Executive Angela Hughes said:   “It’s always been our vision to expand our fleet so we can help more patients, and to have a base in Cardiff.  Although the city has a full transport infrastructure, its success as a commercial capital means air transfer to hospital can be the quickest way to convey patients.

“Subject to a successful six-month trial period, the fourth helicopter and its Cardiff satellite base will become a permanent new resource for the Wales Air Ambulance.

“We’d like to invite visitors to Swansea Airshow to meet paramedics and doctors and see our new helicopter.“

For more information on Wales Air Ambulance visit www.walesairambulance.com. Follow the charity on facebook.com/walesairambulance and Twitter @air_ambulance.




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