Bombardier has sold two Learjet 75 Liberty jets to Fargo Jet Center (FJC) in North Dakota. The aircraft will be converted to medevac layouts for Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe (LPR), an air ambulance service provider based in Warsaw, Poland.
Following an international competitive tender, LPR selected the Learjet 75 Liberty, with FJC’s proposed medevac interior, to serve its expanding operations. The Learjet 75 Liberty, Bombardier’s newest Learjet, is due to enter service in 2020. The light jet will have the range – 2,080 nautical miles (3,852km) – to reach any European destination non-stop out of Warsaw.
“The Learjet 75 Liberty aircraft, with its best-in-class spaciousness, speed and range, is an excellent choice for medevac missions,” said Stéphane Leroy, vice president of sales at Bombardier Specialized Aircraft. “Learjet aircraft have long been a trusted platform for all types of special missions, and the Learjet 75 Liberty aircraft gives operators even more reasons to choose the world’s best light jet.”
FJC has extensive experience converting aircraft interiors for medevac use. It is expected to take delivery of the Learjet 75 Liberty from Bombardier in late 2020, then deliver the converted EMS aircraft to LPR in 2021. Spectrum Aeromed, also based in Fargo, has been selected as the air medical equipment provider on the project. The Spectrum Aeromed team will contribute to a highly customised dedicated air ambulance interior for both aircraft.
“It is a pleasure to be working with Bombardier, LPR and Spectrum Aeromed to develop one of the most capable light jet EMS aircraft in the world today,” said Patrick Sweeney, CEO, FJC. “Our team brings a unique skill set to this project through our extensive history in modifying aircraft for special missions. From initial conception to design, fabrication and installation, our experts will transform the interior of the Learjet 75 Liberty aircraft to meet LPR’s specifications.”
In operation since 2000, LPR provides 24/7 air ambulance services throughout Poland via a fleet of 27 rotary wing and two turboprop aircraft. The addition of the Learjet platform will mark the expansion of LPR’s operations to include jet aircraft.
“The acquisition of the new Learjet 75 Liberty aircraft fits perfectly into our strategic plans for growth in Poland and will provide the necessary combination of speed and range to drive the expansion of our operational capabilities and EMS transport availability into international operations,” said Wojciech Wozniczka, director of key project management at LPR.
The Learjet 75 Liberty meets the same rigorous certification requirements as commercial aircraft. It has a flat floor and room to accommodate up to three stretchers and sophisticated medical equipment, as well as seating for medical staff. In civilian configuration, the Learjet 75 Liberty features a six-seat layout, a standard pocket door, retractable side tables and stowable ottomans.