East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has welcomed the arrival of its new helicopter, the H145 with grateful thanks to the people of East Anglia whose incredible support makes this possible. The new aircraft, in service as Anglia One and based at Norwich Airport, carries enough fuel to fly for over two hours, with a range of 300 nautical miles (335 miles). The helicopter provides EAAA with the capability of carrying two flight crew, three clinicians and a patient, not to mention a wide range of lifesaving equipment and devices. It also has greater cabin space and allows more to be done to help the patient during the transfer process.
Patrick Peal, Chief Executive of EAAA, said, “We are indebted to the people of East Anglia for their support and encouragement, which has seen us grow from a one helicopter, one day a week operation in 2000 to two state of the art helicopters with a doctor and critical-care paramedic crew available every day of the year from 0700 to 0130.”
Sir William Cubitt, EAAA Chairman, said, “The new H145 is the next major step in our journey for continuous improvement of pre-hospital emergency care across East Anglia.”
Since the EAAA was set up in 2000, over 18,000 missions have been carried out across East Anglia. The charity now has two H145 helicopters in service, Anglia One based at Norwich Airport, and Anglia Two (launched in April 2015) based at Cambridge Airport.