21 December, 2017: Textron Aviation Inc. has begun delivery of Beechcraft King Air turboprop aircraft to CanWest Air for providing air ambulance support to Alberta Health Services in Alberta, Canada. When completed, this delivery will include eight King Air 250 and one King Air 350 aircraft. The new turboprops will replace CanWest’s existing air ambulance fleet of King Air B200 aircraft.
“CanWest has been a loyal King Air customer, and their order for the new generation of King Air aircraft is a testament to the incredible value and performance the product offers,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president of Special Mission Sales. “The King Air platform has a long, distinguished tradition of providing exceptional support to air ambulance missions across the globe, and we are delighted to continue supporting CanWest’s mission in Alberta.”
The King Air 350 as well as one of the eight King Air 250 turboprops will include special modifications, including a cargo door and heavyweight landing gear. The King Air 350 will operate at an improved max takeoff weight of 16,500 pounds and the King Air 250 at a better max takeoff weight of 13,420 pounds. The King Air 350 can transport air ambulance patients quickly over long distances.
“The King Air platform is a tremendous asset, especially when navigating through remote areas and the extreme environment in Alberta,” said Kevin Schaub, director of maintenance at CanWest Air. “Having previously operated King Airs, this is the platform we trust to best support our air ambulance missions. Not only will we continue to have incredible runway performance, but we also couldn’t be more confident in the ability, range, aircraft interior size and comfort, and operating limits of the new fleet to support our air ambulance mission.”
“The reliability, strength and versatility of the King Air enables us to raise the bar in support of the medical needs of patients in the remotest parts of our region, and we now have one of the first aircraft in Canada certified to carry bariatric patients. No other aircraft could have better met our mission,” Schaub added.
CanWest also has elected to enroll in Textron Aviation’s industry-leading ProParts program for the company’s new fleet. The program covers parts and consumables required for line, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, eliminating surprises by providing predictable pricing and greater budget stability.