The Air Ambulance Division of German Special Mission Operator FAI rent-a-jet AG has once again been nominated as one of three finalists in the 2020 International Travel & Health Insurance Journal´s (ITIJ) Industry Awards – Air Ambulance Company of the Year category. This is the 18th annual ITIJ Awards and marks the fourth nomination for FAI after what has been an exceptional year for the division. This year´s winners will be revealed virtually at the ITIJ Awards ceremony on 5th November 2020. The ceremony will be streamed live at 19:00 GMT via the ITIJ website at www.itij.com/awards

Earlier this year, FAI rent-a-jet emerged from its busiest period in its 30-year history owing to the coronavirus pandemic. It completed nearly 800 hours of flying on mostly medevac missions in the month of April alone. The air ambulance division was operating at maximum capacity and worked hard to fulfil all the requests coming in 24/7 for repatriation and medevac flights. Demand was also strong for FAI’s EpiShuttle isolation pod patient transfer system which enables self-contained oxygen and air ventilation directly to the patient, isolated from the cabin’s airflow.

Commenting on the nomination, Volker Lemke who heads up FAI´s Air Ambulance Division, said:We have experienced a truly exceptional year so I am particularly pleased that our work has been recognised. I am immensely proud of the way FAI Air Ambulance and our talented team of professionals responded to the immense challenges of the pandemic. Regardless of the outcome, I would like to congratulate them all for working round the clock to meet critical demands during the crisis and putting in a tremendous effort for the benefit of the patients who fly with us and our global client base who support us.”

FAI is one of the world´s largest air ambulance jet operators by revenue, logging far above 10,000 hours per year flying air ambulance missions. The 10-strong fleet comprises Bombardier Global Express, Challenger 604 and Learjet 60 is based at FAI´s Headquarters at Albrecht Dürer International Airport in Nuremberg. It is supported by more than 200 full time staff plus 50 part-time physicians and paramedics. The company specialises in air support in hostile areas for the world´s largest NGO. It currently averages four intercontinental medical evacuations per day for its global client base.

About FAI Aviation Group

FAI Aviation Group operates Germany´s largest Bombardier business jet fleet. FAI´s group fleet of 27 jets and one turboprop comprises six Global Express, one Challenger 850, six Challenger 604s, 12 Learjet 60s, together with two Premier 1A light jet and one King Air 350 turboprop.

FAI runs a 14,000 m² carbon-neutral fixed-base operation at its Nuremberg, Germany headquarters, employing a full-time staff of 220 people, including 60 mechanics and engineers at its in-house maintenance centre.

FAI Group’s revenues in 2019 were close to € 100 m combined with a fleet utilization of more than 14.000 hours of airtime.

FAI was proud to receive the Diamond Safety of Flight Award from the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) in May 2018, marking the highest safety recognition awarded by EBAA to member companies operating business aircraft for 50 years or 100.000 hours without accident.  In autumn 2018, FAI Aviation Group scooped “Germany´s Best Airline” accolade in the 2018 Focus Money Awards.

During the Dubai Airshow in November 2019 FAI was honoured with an Aviation Annual Achievement Award, in recognition of its 30 years of air ambulance and special mission flying and a 10-year anniversary award from MEBAA, reflecting the fact that 20 % of FAI’s flying activity is now in the Middle East.

In both 2019 and 2020, FAI´s Air Ambulance Division was one of three finalists in the annual ITIJ industry awards – Air Ambulance Company of the Year.

FAI is an official supplier of McLaren F1 Racing.

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