Finnish charter operator Jetflite revealed details of how a newly delivered 650 aircraft was deployed for medical repatriation of patients impacted by -19 as airports and borders around the world shut down.  The brand new airplane was operated with high intensity straight from delivery, completing 100 hours of flying in just 14 days.

The adaptability of the 650 aircraft interior allows Jetflite to quickly transform the business jet’s 12-to-16-passenger VIP configuration to an air ambulance configuration, complete with two stretchers, a portable isolation unit, personal protective equipment, -19 test kits, and a medical team to respond effectively to the growing worldwide humanitarian crisis.

On its longest mission, the aircraft traversed three continents in five days, flying from its base in Helsinki, Finland, to Portugal, Italy, Mali, Canary Islands, Liberia, South Africa, Seychelles, Afghanistan, and Estonia to repatriate citizens to their home countries.

“The importance of reliability and flexibility, for which our platform is legendary, is brought into sharper focus when lives are on the line,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Aviation. “We are extremely proud that our 650 aircraft is able to make a strong contribution to the important humanitarian work the Jetflite team is doing.”

“Our Jetflite fleet is always busy, but completing the first 100 hours inside 14 days directly out of the factory was something of a record, even for us, particularly in light of the challenges in-flight route planning, obtaining diplomatic clearances and booking risk-free crew accommodation during the spread of -19,” said Elina Karjalainen, Managing Director, Jetflite. “We are very proud to have this impressive new aircraft in our fleet, and to be able to help so many people, as we wait for better days ahead.”

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