Textron Aviation has received an order from Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance for the first Cessna Citation Latitude configured with medevac and 10 Beechcraft King Air 250s. Deliveries of the aircraft, valued at 76 million dollars based on the list price, are scheduled for the next 18 months. Babcock will fly the jet and turboprops to support his contract with the Norwegian Air Ambulance Services, providing medevac support throughout the Scandinavian nation.
This announcement of the sale occurs immediately after the annual convention of the National Business Aviation Association, where Textron Aviation achieved the 100th delivery of the Latitude. The president and general manager of Textron Aviation, Scott Ernest, said the medium-speed aircraft program continues to gather momentum as it enters new markets and begins to capture international interest.
“The Citation Latitude has been very successful in the commercial segment since it entered service two years ago, and we look forward to expanding its strong capabilities in the special mission market,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president of Aviation in Special Missions. “The aircraft offers approach capability, short runway performance and low cabin altitude, essential factors to cover Babcock air ambulance missions in communities throughout Norway.” The Latitude will also have a modified door to accommodate large medical stretchers.
The Babcock order also provides a boost for the King Air program. Deliveries in the first half of the year had been smooth, but Rob Scholl, senior vice president of sales and marketing, noted that the interest had remained strong and that the company had had a series of negotiations. “We continue to see a lot of activity in that fleet,” he said. “The King Air market is alive and well.”
The Babcock fleet will be equipped for operations in polar regions, will have CAT II capability for operations in reduced visibility and will also have a steep approach landing capability.
Kerry Lynch| October 2017