FAI named finalist in Air Ambulance Company of Year awards following exceptional year of operations

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 fleet of Bombardier business jets. The fleet includes five Global Express, six Challenger 604s and five Learjet 60s. FAI runs a 14,000 m² carbon-neutral fixed-base operation at its Nuremberg, Germany headquarters, employing a staff of close to 300 people, including 100 mechanics and engineers at its MRO`s in Nuremberg and Berlin.  FAI´s Group consolidated revenues in 2023 will be more than € 140 m with a fleet utilization of more than 12,000 hours of flight time.

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

In 2020 and 2021 FAI received the prestigious Award “Air Ambulance Company of the Year” from ITIJ Magazine.

In 2021, FAI was awarded the Pandemic Response Special Award in recognition of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2022, FAI was awarded “20 years of Aviation Excellence in the Middle East” by MEA Business at the Aviation Innovation Awards.

In 2023, FAI was awarded “Air Ambulance Company of the Year” from Middle East Aviation Awards during Dubai Airshow.

FAI is official partner of the McLaren Formula 1 Team.

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