On Tuesday 30 July 2019, Luxembourg Air Rescue (LAR) added a sixth Learjet 45XR to its air ambulance fleet; the aircraft with registration “LX-TWO” was welcomed today onto the tarmac of Findel airport where firefighters baptised it with water cannon in the time-honoured tradition.
René Closter, CEO and President of LAR, said that the latest addition is an investment for the future “Our Learjets 45XR are among the most modern ambulance aircraft in the world and feature the most advanced medical equipment. This acquisition allows us to assure our members and patients that over the next few years they will continue to receive professional and reliable help. Our members drive everything we do.”
LAR, an SME with a humanitarian vocation, now operates six bespoke Learjets. Its ambulance jets are fitted out as intensive care units, allowing LAR’s specialised teams to repatriate sick and wounded LAR members and patients from anywhere in the world, all the while maintaining the highest safety and medical standards. In addition to two pilots, the medical teams on board of the jets always include at least one specialist emergency physician and one intensive care nurse.
In 2018, the LAR group carried out 842 ambulance jet missions in 81 countries around the world. Repatriation costs vary according to location: for example, a medical repatriation from the Canary Islands can cost between €25,000 and €30,000, while a repatriation from Asia could cost as much as €100,000. That makes membership of LAR very worthwhile.
LAR group has gained worldwide recognition, recently winning the “Best Air Ambulance Provider in the World” award. This prestigious honour was bestowed on LAR because of the professionalism and skills of its teams, as well as their experience and expertise in the fields of intensive care transportation and repatriation of patients by air ambulance.
Founded in 1988 as a non-profit organisation, Luxembourg Air Rescue (LAR) now has 183,000 members. The organisation, with its subsidiary Luxembourg Air Ambulance (LAA), is made up of six MD902 helicopters and now six state-of-theart Learjet 45XR aircraft. With 180 employees, LAR is dedicated to saving and protecting lives in Luxembourg and in the Greater Region 24 hours/day and 365 days a year. LAR applies the highest safety and quality standards in the fields of medicine, technology and aviation to its life-saving mission.