Air Ambulance

LifeFlight Australia operates a fully-integrated and dedicated Air Ambulance service, covering the Asia-Pacific region with 6 of the longest range medically-configured jet aircraft based in the South Pacific – a true internationally capable fleet.

What we do

The LifeFlight Air Ambulance business is the largest fully integrated air ambulance operation in Australia. We cater for domestic and international repatriation for high acuity patients. The Jet Air Ambulance operation utilises 6 Jet Air Ambulance aircraft and 10 helicopters across multiple bases.

Our Air Ambulance Jets can be airborne within 90 minutes of the first call from the LifeFlight operations centre. Crewed by our own highly experienced pilots, critical care doctors and intensive care flight nurses, our fixed-wing aircraft, based in Brisbane and Townsville, fly hundreds of lifesaving missions each year.

Each LifeFlight Air Ambulance Jet is crewed by a Captain, First Officer, LifeFlight Critical Care Doctor and a Flight Nurse,  and is available 24/7, 365 days a year.

The Air Ambulance Jet is fully-equipped medical platforms, which make them equivalent to a flying intensive care unit.

What makes us different

In addition to more than 40 years’ experience in pre-hospital aeromedical operations, our service features a strong  clinical governance framework, larger jets with a larger cabin size more suited to complex medical transport (neonatal, ECMO and other specialist medical teams) and superior fleet capacity.

Whether a wing to wing or bed to bed assignment, LifeFlight Air Ambulance has the aircraft, the people and systems in  place to provide rapid and safe, reliable medical evacuations or repatriations anywhere in the world.

Oversight of operations by the LifeFlight Coordination Centre ensures not only rapid response to tasking requests  (including quotes generally within 20 minutes), but total ‘in-house’ case management: from the lodgement of flight  plans and obtaining of overfly permits to the arrangement of visas and hospital-to-airport transport.

Accredited and contracted by Queensland Health as a Tier 1 provider of long distance and high acuity air ambulance  services, LifeFlight offers 24/7 capability 365 days a year with the highest standards of aviation safety and clinical  governance.

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Australia’s most capable and diverse aeromedical operation

Geographical scope

FY20 Mission reports

Geographical scope

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Bases, jet and helicopter missions

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LifeFlight Brisbane
Airport Base

43 Pandanus Avenue
Brisbane Airport
Brisbane, QLD, 4007

LifeFlight Brisbane
Archerfield Base
Hangar 6, Grenier Drive,
Archerfield, Qld, 4108

LifeFlight Sunshine
Coast Base

Sunshine Coast Airport
David Low Way, Marcoola
Maroochydore, QLD 4564

Lifeflight
Toowoomba Base
Toowoomba Airport
McDougall Street
Toowoomba, QLD 4350

LifeFlight
Bundaberg
Base
20 Aviation Crescent,
Bundaberg West, Qld, 4670

Lifeflight Roma Base
11 Hangar Drive
Roma, QLD 4455

Lifeflight Mt Isa Base
RFDS Hangar,
Barkley Highway,
Mount Isa Airport,
Mount Isa, Qld, 4825

LifeFlight Singapore Base
Wings Over Asia
66 Seletar Aerospace View
#03-01, Singapore 797509

LifeFlight
Training Academy
20 Boronia Rd, Brisbane Airport, Qld, 4008

Lifeflight Corporate Office
32 Edward Street,
Brisbane, QLD, 4000

53,000,0002 km
Australia’s search and rescue region

10
Community helicopters

6
Air Ambulance jets

9
Base facilities in Qld + Singapore

90
Minutes from answering a call and having an Air Ambulance jet airborne

15
Minutes from answering a call and having a helicopter airborne

6,333
Lifesaving missions performed this year

62,000+
Critical rescue missions since 1979

490
Air Ambulance missions

2,583
Aeromedical retrievals

490
Domestic and international Air Ambulance missions

2,022
Community helicopter missions

150
Critical care doctors

12
Aviation Operations Coordinators

159
Telemedical advisory service tasks

43,386
Calls in and out of our Coordination Centre

192,000
Text messages sent

166
Patients assisted out-of-hours for the RFDS

4
Operational planning and reporting staff

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