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FEATURE: Gulfstream Revolutionizes Patient Care with Medevac Jet Delivered to Beijing Red Cross

Category: Manufacturing

By Lou Phelps, Savannah Business Journal

July 26, 2018 – In a ‘delivery ceremony’ complete with a Chinese good luck dragon dance performance, Gulfstream’s executive and sales team officially delivered a state-of-the art Medevac aircraft, ordered by the Beijing China Red Cross Emergency Management organization.  A large number of Chinese officials and Red Cross officials were on hand, including Red Cross officials from Southeast Georgia.

The $60 million Gulfstream G550, configured to allow for airborne surgery, was ordered by Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center, with stated interest in adding a Gulfstream G650ER to the Center’s fleet for the same mission. The upgraded medical package and equipment cost was not released. 

The design that allows 360 degree surgical access was arrived at by working jointly with the Beiing officials, according to Mark Burns, President Gulfstream, in his remarks at the ceremony.  Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach was also on hand to welcome the Chinese officials to Savannah, and to recognize the importance of

Leading the Chinese officials was Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center Director Li Libing.

“This aircraft showcases the art of the possible,” said Burns. “When you combine innovation, talent, commitment and expertise, you can transform an industry. With this aircraft – and our collaboration with the Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center – we have done exactly that. This modified G550 will change – and save – lives, forever altering the expectations for medevac support.”

To be used for disaster relief and air rescue services, the G550 aircraft features an unprecedented degree of technological innovation that draws on Gulfstream’s more than 50-year heritage of providing special missions aircraft worldwide. The G550 features a dedicated medical bay outfitted with advanced equipment to sustain and stabilize critically ill patients, including:

- 360-degree in-flight patient access, a medevac first

- Advanced life-support capabilities (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)

- A bed designed to accommodate an infant incubator

- A powered gurney loading system on aircraft stairs

- X-ray viewing equipment

- Refrigerated medical storage cabinets

- Fold-out nurses’ seats for individual patient care

- Crew rests with berthing

Since the G550’s debut, Gulfstream has continually invested in the aircraft to ensure it remains ahead of evolving customer needs, according to the company which is a division of General Dynamics.  

Burns outlined that the aircraft can fly Beijing to New York City in 13 hours, and Beijing to London in 10 hours.  The flagship G650ER is the fastest large-cabin, non-supersonic aircraft to fly around the world.  With up to 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers of range at Mach 0.85, the G650ER, along with the G650, has established more than 70 speed records. Today, more than 300 G650ER and G650 aircraft are in service worldwide. 

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