Textron Aviation starts delivery of King Airs to CanWest Air
Textron Aviation has begun delivery to CanWest Air, a division of Nor-Alta Aviation Leasing.
This is the first delivery of nine King Airs, eight King Air 250s and a single King Air 350 aircraft, which will provide air ambulance support to Alberta Health Services in Alberta, Canada. The new turboprops will replace CanWest’s current air ambulance fleet of King Air B200 aircraft.
“CanWest has been a loyal King Air customer, and their order for the new generation of King Air aircraft is a testament to the incredible value and performance the product offers.”
Bob Gibbs, vice president of special mission sales at Textron Aviation, said: “CanWest has been a loyal King Air customer, and their order for the new generation of King Air aircraft is a testament to the incredible value and performance the product offers.
“The King Air platform has a long, distinguished tradition of providing exceptional support to air ambulance missions across the globe, and we are delighted to continue supporting CanWest’s mission in Alberta.”
The King Air 350, as well as one of the eight King Air 250 turboprops, will include special modifications, including a cargo door and heavyweight landing gear. It will operate at an enhanced max take-off weight of 16,500 pounds, and the King Air 250 will operate at an enhanced max take-off weight of 13,420 pounds.
Kevin Schaub, director of maintenance at CanWest Air, said: “The King Air platform is a tremendous asset, especially when navigating through remote areas and the extreme environment in Alberta. Having previously operated King Airs, this is the platform we trust to best support our air ambulance missions. Not only will we continue to have incredible runway performance, but we also couldn’t be more confident in the ability, range, aircraft interior size and comfort, and operating limits of the new fleet to support our air ambulance mission.
“The reliability, strength and versatility of the King Air enables us to raise the bar in support of the medical needs of patients in the remotest parts of our region, and we now have one of the first aircraft in Canada certified to carry bariatric patients. No other aircraft could have better met our mission.”
CanWest began operating air ambulance medevac flights in 1988. It operates nine Beechcraft King Air aircraft dedicated to its air ambulance mission, as well as 20 other Beechcraft and Cessna aircraft to support services such as corporate charter and air freight.