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Dear Clients and Partners,

At Aerocardal, we understand that every second counts in medical emergencies, and we have held this understanding for over 25 years since we conducted our first aeromedical transport.

Our planes, equipped with advanced technology, and experienced medical personnel, ensure the best care a patient can receive both in our country and abroad. The ability to perform long-range flights in our ambulance jets configured as ICU rooms allows us to reach destinations quickly, providing medical assistance anywhere in the world, thanks to the extensive aeromedical network Aerocardal is part of. These alliances enable us to conduct wing-to-wing operations to or from Chile in coordination with specialized institutions in critical patient transfers from the UK, Austria, Spain, the USA, Finland, Brazil, Colombia, or Mexico

Besides our team and a full-time medical director, another feature that sets Aerocardal apart is our modern fleet of aircraft, equipped with the latest technology to ensure safe transport at all times. Each of our planes and life support equipment is meticulously maintained and always ready to respond to the needs of hospitals and clinics, as well as businesses and individuals who require it. Our fleet, combined with the capacity and professionalism of our medical team to adapt to various situations and provide personalized solutions, has earned us the trust and loyalty of our clients.

Key to all this are the alliances we have formed over years of collaboration with hospitals, clinics, and international insurers, allowing us to quickly manage all the coordination required for the transport of critical patients. Efficient integration with these medical institutions has enabled us to develop an aeromedical service that is fast, safe, and highly effective, saving countless lives over the years.

At Aerocardal, we do not rest on our past achievements; we look to the future in constant pursuit of new alliances, technologies, and the best medical professionals, nurses, and paramedic technicians to always provide the best and safest aeromedical transport. We are committed to continuing to innovate and improve to remain the benchmark in the executive aviation and aeromedicine industry.

We deeply appreciate the trust and continued support of our clients and partners, and we are committed to continuing to provide services of the highest quality.

Sincerely, Ricardo Real, CEO – Aerocardal

Industry news

Leonardo and PHI Group sign agreement for 12 AW189 helicopters

Leonardo and PHI Group (PHI) have announced the signing of a framework agreement for the acquisition of 12 AW189 helicopters, intended to serve the global energy market from 2025.

This agreement includes both firm orders and purchase options, in addition to an extensive support partnership that encompasses a service center agreement, MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) and training solutions for the AW139 and AW189 models.

Scott McCarty, CEO of PHI Group, highlighted the importance of this collaboration, stating that “we are not only investing in next-generation aircraft such as the AW189, which underlines our commitment to offering innovative solutions and ensures that we are well equipped to provide a service incomparable to our global customers, we are also strengthening our repair capacity and overhaul capabilities as we continue to focus on the growth of our world-class MRO facility in Lafayette, Louisiana. We hope to introduce the AW189 into our fleet in 2025.”

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Brazilian operator Helisul buys Ecocopter

As part of a strategic move, Brazilian helicopter operator Helisul buys Ecocopter for US$36 million. The financial operation is strategic for the expansion of the Brazilian company in the region and could anticipate the beginning of a consolidation of the sector. The purchase of Ecocopter by Helisul marks a surprise in the Chilean helicopter industry. For the first time, a financial movement of these characteristics is carried out that advances greater capacity and synergies to attend to different aerial jobs. The combined fleet will consist of 81 helicopters and will have around 1,000 workers.

Helisul and Ecocopter share services, in addition to having a common fleet. The two companies perform multiple aerial work, aeromedical evacuations, sightseeing flights and drone work. One contribution that Helisul could make in Chile is the Fixed Base Operations (FBO) services that the Chilean firm does not currently provide.

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Ex-President Fedeach explains the possible causes of turbulence in airplanes after various accidents

In recent days, two cases involving accidents caused by turbulence have been reported. One is the one who suffered a flight

                                                                                             

Qatar Airways from Doha (Qatar), where eight passengers were hospitalized. The other involved a Singapore Airlines flight, which had to make an emergency landing.

On the other hand, the data analysis site Turbli positioned the flight between Chile and Bolivia as the most turbulent in the world. This trip is carried out only by Latam, with direct and indirect trips.

Given these situations, the former president of the Chilean Air Federation (Fedeach) and aeronautical consultant, Julio Subercaseaux, spoke with Expreso Bío Bío and ruled out that the possible increase in turbulence is a product of climate change.

“This climate change thing means a lot. What happens is that many more planes are also flying. Now information is shared online through social networks. There is an accident in Singapore, in Doha, and it is known high,” he said.

Along the same lines, he argued that “the empirical or scientific evidence that it is related to climate change is still not so clear.”

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Air passenger traffic in Chile rises 13% in April and the increase is led by international flights

Meanwhile, in the first four months of 2024, air traffic added a total of 9,669,565 travelers, this is 17.6% higher than what occurred in the same period last year, and means 2.6% more than in 2019. 

The statistical report on Commercial Air Transport of the Civil Aeronautics Board (JAC) of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications

reported an increase in the number of passengers transported to and from Chilean airports in April of this year. This, both domestically and internationally.

Adding both sectors of air transport, traffic in the country’s facilities amounted to a total of 2,068,874 passengers, which represents an increase of 13% compared to the records of April of last year, and an increase of 2.7% versus the same month but in 2019, before the pandemic affected operations in Chile and the world.

Meanwhile, in the first four months of 2024, air traffic added a total of 9,669,565 travelers, this is 17.6% higher than what occurred in the same period last year, and means 2.6% more than in 2019. 

The statistical report on Commercial Air Transport from the Civil Aeronautics Board (JAC) of the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications reported an increase in the number of passengers transported to and from Chilean airports in April of this year. This, both domestically and internationally.

Adding both sectors of air transport, traffic in the country’s facilities amounted to a total of 2,068,874 passengers, which represents an increase of 13% compared to the records of April of last year, and an increase of 2.7% versus the same month but in 2019, before the pandemic affected operations in Chile and the world.

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