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Now, a cashless air ambulance service from Tier-II cities to metros

Book Air Ambulance makes service available to members, forges tie-ups with insurance, pharmaceutical, diagnostic companies Online air ambulance service provider, Book Air Ambulance, on Wednesday unveiled a cashless air ambulance service for transporting member-patients in emergency from tier-II cities to the metros.

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Now, a cashless air ambulance service from Tier-II cities to metros

Online air ambulance service provider, Book Air Ambulance, on Wednesday unveiled a cashless air ambulance service for transporting member-patients in emergency from tier-II cities to the metros. The service will be available on an annual membership of ?5,000 plus GST. The firm has also tied with an insurance company, as well as pharmaceutical and diagnostic firms.

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Book Air Ambulance launches cashless facility, eyes 30-35pc growth in 3 yrs

Mumbai, May 13 (PTI) Bed-to-bed air ambulance services provider Book Air Ambulance on Wednesday launched a « cashless » facility amid suspension of commercial air passenger services, and said it is eyeing about 30-35 per cent growth in the business in the next three years. A venture of Flaps Aviation Private Ltd, the medical air services operator currently has a presence in metros such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata besides in Tier II and III cities and towns.

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Amid lockdown, Book Air Ambulance launches cashless facility

Bed-to-bed air ambulance services provider Book Air Ambulance on Wednesday launched a « cashless » facility amid suspension of commercial air passenger services, and said it is eyeing about 30-35 percent growth in the business in the next three years. A venture of Flaps Aviation Private Ltd, the medical air services operator currently has a presence in metros such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata besides in Tier II and III cities and towns.

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Flaps Aviation launches Book Air Ambulance – Express Healthcare

Cashless Air Ambulance membership programme will extend much-needed safety cover to family of six members at economical price point of Rs 5,000 Book Air Ambulance, a flagship venture of Flaps Aviation announced the launch of air ambulance services, a move that is seen as a game changer for India’s sunrise air ambulance segment and the emergency medical services (EMS) sector.

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Now, a cashless air ambulance service from Tier-II cities to metros

Online air ambulance service provider, Book Air Ambulance, on Wednesday unveiled a cashless air ambulance service for transporting member-patients in emergency from tier-II cities to the metros. The service will be available on an annual membership of ?5,000 plus GST. The firm has also tied with an insurance company, as well as pharmaceutical and diagnostic firms.

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Now, a cashless air ambulance service from Tier-II cities to metros

Online air ambulance service provider, Book Air Ambulance, on Wednesday unveiled a cashless air ambulance service for transporting member-patients in emergency from tier-II cities to the metros. The service will be available on an annual membership of ?5,000 plus GST. The firm has also tied with an insurance company, as well as pharmaceutical and diagnostic firms.

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Now, a cashless air ambulance service from Tier-II cities to metros

Online air ambulance service provider, Book Air Ambulance, on Wednesday unveiled a cashless air ambulance service for transporting member-patients in emergency from tier-II cities to the metros. The service will be available on an annual membership of ?5,000 plus GST. The firm has also tied with an insurance company, as well as pharmaceutical and diagnostic firms. “We are the first aviation company to come up with a programme like cashless air ambulance that will bring air ambulance services to Indians,” said Captain Amit Kumar, founder and CEO, Flaps Aviation Private Ltd.

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Book Air Ambulance launches India’s first-ever affordable ambulance service

Book Air Ambulance, a flagship venture of Flaps Aviation has announced the launch of India’s first-ever affordable air ambulance service - ‘Cashless Air Ambulance’. Three King Air C90 aircraft are used for this service. Captain Amit Kumar, founder and CEO of Flaps Aviation launched the service in Mumbai in a web press meet 13 May 2020.

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India's first reliable cashless air ambulance service: how does it work?

Just announced India ’s first ever cashless air ambulance service at a reasonable price. Flaps Aviation's flagship company, Book Air Ambulance, released this news on March 13th. Let us discover how it works and how to treat it as "cashless".

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Book Air Ambulance, a flagship venture of Flaps Aviation Private Limited

Book Air Ambulance, a flagship venture of Flaps Aviation Private Limited and one of the fastest growing ‘bed–to–bed’ online air ambulance service providers in the country, today announced the launch of India’s first – ever affordable air ambulance services, a move that is seen as a game changer for India’s sunrise air ambulance segment and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) sector.

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Book Air Ambulance launches ‘Cashless Air Ambulance’, India’s First Affordable Air Ambulance Services

Mumbai, May 14, 2020: Book Air Ambulance, a flagship venture of Flaps Aviation Private Limited and one of the fastest growing ‘bed–to–bed’ online air ambulance service providers in the country, today announced the launch of India’s first - ever affordable air ambulance services, a move that is seen as a game changer for India’s sunrise air ambulance segment and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) sector. Captain Amit Kumar, an experienced pilot, Founder and CEO of Flaps Aviation Private Limited, launched the ‘Cashless Air Ambulance’ services.

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Book Air Ambulance launches India’s first affordable air ambulance services

Book Air Ambulance, one of India’s fast growing ‘bed–to–bed’ online air ambulance service providers and the flagship venture of Flaps Aviation, has launched the country’s first affordable air ambulance services, bringing it within the financial and geographical reach of common man. This low cost air ambulance service is seen by the industry analysts as a game changer for India’s sunrise air ambulance and emergency medical services (EMS) sector as it may transform the otherwise expensive air medical evacuation services model into an affordable.

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Now, a cashless air ambulance service from Tier-II cities to metros

Book Air Ambulance makes service available to members, forges tie-ups with insurance, pharmaceutical, diagnostic companies

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Here's what we know about the cashless air ambulance service made at an affordable cost for Mumbaikars

The COVID–19 pandemic has changed the healthcare priorities of the citizens as they are becoming more cautious to health issues by promoting healthcare on the top of the priority list. In a first of it's kind Mumbaikars are soon to get cashless and affordable air ambulance service.

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Book Air Ambulance Launches 'Cashless Air Ambulance', India's First Affordable Air Ambulance Services

Book Air Ambulance a flagship venture of Flaps Aviation Private Limited and one of the fastest growing ‘bed–to–bed’ online air ambulance service providers in the country today announced the launch of India’s *first - ever affordable air ambulance services* a move that is seen as a game changer for India’s sunrise air ambulance segment and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) sector. Captain Amit Kumar an experienced pilot Founder and CEO of Flaps Aviation Private Limited launched the *‘Cashless Air Ambulance’* services in Mumbai today in a Web Press Meet and briefed about the Company’s expansion plans.

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Flaps Aviation launches Book Air Ambulance

Cashless Air Ambulance membership programme will extend much-needed safety cover to family of six members at economical price point of Rs 5,000 Book Air Ambulance, a flagship venture of Flaps Aviation announced the launch of air ambulance services, a move that is seen as a game changer for India’s sunrise air ambulance segment and the emergency medical services (EMS) sector.

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Book Air Ambulance launches cashless facility, eyes 30-35pc growth in 3 yrs

Mumbai, May 13 (PTI) Bed-to-bed air ambulance services provider Book Air Ambulance on Wednesday launched a 'cashless' facility amid suspension of commercial air passenger services, and said it is eyeing about 30-35 per cent growth in the business in the next three years. A venture of Flaps Aviation Private Ltd, the medical air services operator currently has a presence in metros such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata besides in Tier II and III cities and towns.

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Book Air Ambulance launches cashless facility, eyes 30-35pc growth in 3 yrs

Mumbai, May 13 (PTI) Bed-to-bed air ambulance services provider Book Air Ambulance on Wednesday launched a "cashless" facility amid suspension of commercial air passenger services, and said it is eyeing about 30-35 per cent growth in the business in the next three years. A venture of Flaps Aviation Private Ltd, the medical air services operator currently has a presence in metros such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata besides in Tier II and III cities and towns.

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Book Air Ambulance launches India’s first-ever affordable ambulance service

May 13, 2020: Book Air Ambulance, a flagship venture of Flaps Aviation has announced the launch of India’s first-ever affordable air ambulance service - ‘Cashless Air Ambulance’. Three King Air C90 aircraft are used for this service. Captain Amit Kumar, founder and CEO of Flaps Aviation launched the service in Mumbai in a web press meet today. Addressing the needs of emergency medical services, Kumar stated, “We are expecting a major breakthrough by joining hands with some insurance companies to cover the patient’s air ambulance transfers that will positively impact the company’s growth.”

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Technology Book Air Ambulance launches affordable air ambulance services

Cashless Air Ambulance’ membership programme will extend a much-needed safety cover to the family of six members at an economical price point of Rs 5,000 Book Air Ambulance, Air Ambulance, Flaps Aviation Private Limited, Affordable air ambulance services, Cashless Air Ambulance, Captain Amit Kumar

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Book Air Ambulance Launches ‘Cashless Air Ambulance’

Book Air Ambulance, a venture of Flaps Aviation and one of the fastest growing ‘bed–to–bed’ online air ambulance service providers in the country, today announced the launch of India’s first - ever affordable air ambulance services, a move that is seen as a game changer for India’s sunrise air ambulance segment and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) sector. Captain Amit Kumar, an experienced pilot, Founder and CEO of Flaps Aviation, launched the ‘Cashless Air Ambulance’ services in Mumbai today in a Web Press Meet and briefed about the Company’s expansion plans.

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Now, a cashless air ambulance service from Tier-II cities to metros

Book Air Ambulance makes service available to members, forges tie-ups with insurance, pharmaceutical, diagnostic companies Online air ambulance service provider, Book Air Ambulance, on Wednesday unveiled a cashless air ambulance service for transporting member-patients in emergency from tier-II cities to the metros. The service will be available on an annual membership of ?5,000 plus GST. The firm has also tied with an insurance company, as well as pharmaceutical and diagnostic firms.

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Book Air Ambulance launches cashless facility, eyes 30-35pc growth in 3 yrs

Mumbai, May 13 (PTI) Bed-to-bed air ambulance services provider Book Air Ambulance on Wednesday launched a "cashless" facility amid suspension of commercial air passenger services, and said it is eyeing about 30-35 per cent growth in the business in the next three years. A venture of Flaps Aviation Private Ltd, the medical air services operator currently has a presence in metros such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata besides in Tier II and III cities and towns. Air transfers of the patients are considered to be a costly affair availed only by a high-income group for the factors such as distance, flying time, the cost of hiring an aircraft, incidental bed-to-bed transfer charges and cost of deployment of medical crew members, according to the company.

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Now a free air ambulance service. But conditions apply

Now book an air ambulance for 'free'. But conditions apply. That's the pitch of Book Air Ambulance, an eight-year-old air ambulance service provider in Mumbai that has come out with a new scheme to attract customers, beyond just the high net worth individual (HNI) class.a

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Amid lockdown, Book Air Ambulance launches cashless facility

Bed-to-bed air ambulance services provider Book Air Ambulance on Wednesday launched a "cashless" facility amid suspension of commercial air passenger services, and said it is eyeing about 30-35 percent growth in the business in the next three years. A venture of Flaps Aviation Private Ltd, the medical air services operator currently has a presence in metros such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata besides in Tier II and III cities and towns. Air transfers of the patients are considered to be a costly affair availed only by a high-income group for the factors such as distance, flying time, the cost of hiring an aircraft, incidental bed-to-bed transfer charges and cost of deployment of medical crew members, according to the company.

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Book Air Ambulance launches cashless facility, eyes 30-35pc growth in 3 yrs

Bed-to-bed air ambulance services provider Book Air Ambulance on Wednesday launched a "cashless" facility amid suspension of commercial air passenger services, and said it is eyeing about 30-35 per cent growth in the business in the next three years. A venture of Flaps Aviation Private Ltd, the medical air services operator currently has a presence in metros such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata besides in Tier II and III cities and towns. Air transfers of the patients are considered to be a costly affair availed only by a high-income group for the factors such as distance, flying time, the cost of hiring an aircraft, incidental bed-to-bed transfer charges and cost of deployment of medical crew members, according to the company.

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Air Ambulance Service launched in Guwahati

The first exclusive air ambulance service was recently launched in Assam’s Guwahati city in presence of Assam Transport and Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary along with few other dignitaries.The launching of the air ambulance came as a part of an initiative of a Delhi based company named Flaps Aviation. Guwahati has been chosen as the maiden launch of this pan-India service to provide affordable transportation facilities to the people of the northeastern states.

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Air ambulance service from Guwahati begins

Guwahati, Nov 16 : Assam Transport, Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary formally launched an air ambulance service at NEDFi (North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd) House, Dispur on Thursday. Delhi-based Flaps Aviation Private Ltd will operate its air ambulance service from Guwahati with "Book Air Ambulance" as its brand. The air ambulance is equipped with all emergency medical equipment and has a medical team to take care of patients on-board. Unveiling the service, Patowary hoped that the air ambulance service would usher in a new era of healthcare for the patients of Assam and Northeast. "Since the air ambulance will be parked at Guwahati airport, it will lessen its cost by half. Earlier, an ambulance had to fly from Delhi to take a patient from Guwahati to the national capital. Besides, the services will also facilitate organ transplants during critical times," he said. Patowary stated that night parking facility would be available at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport here from next month and Spicejet Airways had agreed in principle to operate its early-morning and late-evening flights to and fro in the Delhi-Guwahati air route. The minister further added that the government of Assam had requested the union ministries of External Affairs and Civil Aviation to connect the capitals of the ASEAN countries to Guwahati under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), which are at a flying distance of 2 hours from Guwahati. "Work is in process to convert the LGBI Airport to an international standard one and the central government has already sanctioned an amount of Rs 1,000 crore for development of a new terminal at the LGBI Airport," he said.

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Air ambulance aid for ill

Guwahati: Flaps Aviation Private Limited has started a membership programme to enable patients to avail air ambulance service at subsidised rates. To make the membership scheme a success, the company is initiating partnership tie-ups with state governments, corporate organisations, NGOs and other stakeholders. Talks are also on to engage medical insurance companies to help make this service cashless with low premium. Delhi-based Flaps Aviation launched a pan-India air ambulance service from Guwahati on Thursday in the presence of industries minister Chandra Mohan Patowary at NEDFi house here. Patowary told the gathering, "Earlier people had to call the air ambulance from Calcutta or Delhi, which entailed extra expenditure and loss of time. Now Flaps Aviation will keep an air ambulance here. The service will help save lives." Medical evacuation by air is a popular concept in the US and Europe. Flaps Aviation is trying to popularise it in India by bringing down the cost. The service has been initiated to enable bed-to-bed transfer of critically ill patients. "We have launched the service from Guwahati as it is the main city of the Northeast and the medical facilities here are good. People from other areas of the region come here for treatment. Our air ambulance will enable critically ill patients to be flown here. Other than saving lives, we will also help in organ donation as time is of essence in such instances," the founder and managing director of the company, Amit Kumar, said. "At present, the cost of flying a patient is Rs 7 to 8 lakh and it is likely to cost half as much under the new air ambulance scheme BookAirAmbulance," he said. Nightlanding in city: Night landing facility will be available in the city from next month, Patowary said on Thursday. He said Spicejet would operate night flights in the region. "Under the Regional Connectivity Scheme, a fixed fare for flights to airports like Silchar and Aizawl has been planned. This will provide a boost to air travel within the region. The Guwahati airport will be upgraded to an international airport with the construction of a new terminal," he added.

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Air ambulance service begins from Guwahati

Guwahati : Assam Transport, Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary formally launched an air ambulance service at NEDFi (North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd) House, Dispur on Thursday. Delhi-based Flaps Aviation Private Ltd will operate its air ambulance service from Guwahati with “Book Air Ambulance” as its brand. The air ambulance is equipped with all emergency medical equipment and has a medical team to take care of patients on-board. Patowary hoped that the air ambulance service would usher in a new era of healthcare for the patients of Assam and Northeast. “Since the air ambulance will be parked at Guwahati airport, it will lessen its cost by half. Earlier, an ambulance had to fly from Delhi to take a patient from Guwahati to the national capital. Besides, the services will also facilitate organ transplants during critical times,” he said. Patowary stated that night parking facility would be available at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport here from next month and Spicejet Airways had agreed in principle to operate its early-morning and late-evening flights to and fro in the Delhi-Guwahati air route. The minister further added that the government of Assam had requested the union ministries of External Affairs and Civil Aviation to connect the capitals of the ASEAN countries to Guwahati.

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State Transport Minister Patowary launches air ambulance service

State Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary has launched an air ambulance service at NEDFi House, Dispur on Thursday. Delhi-based Flaps Aviation Private Limited will operate its air ambulance service from Guwahati with its brand as ‘Book Air Ambulance’. The air ambulance is equipped with all emergency medical equipment and medical team to take care of patients onboard. Unveiling the service, Minister Patowary hoped that the air ambulance service will usher in a new era of health care for the patients of Assam and North East. Since the air ambulance will be parked in Guwahati airport, it will lessen its cost by half. Earlier an ambulance had to fly from Delhi to take a patient from Guwahati to the national capital. The services will also facilitate organ transplantations during critical time. Minister Patowary in his remarks said night parking facility will be available at LGBI Airport from next month and Spicejet Airways has agreed in principle to operate its early morning and late evening flights to and fro in the Delhi-Guwahati air route. Patowary added that Government of Assam has requested the ministries of External Affairs and Civil Aviation to connect the capitals of the ASEAN countries to Guwahati under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) which are at a flying distance of 2 hours from Guwahati. "Work are on process to convert the LGBI Airport to international standard and the Union Government has already sanctioned an amount of rupees one thousand crores for development of a new terminal in LGBI Airport," he said. MLA of Dhekiajuli, Ashok Anand Singhal complimented the initiatives of Flaps Aviation Private Limited and said it has fulfilled the long-felt need of the people of Assam.

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India’s first ever Air Ambulance Service to be launched in Guwahati

Guwahati has been chosen for the launch of India’s first-ever Air Ambulance Service. The said service will be launched on November 16th in presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Same deployment of aircraft will be followed by more launches in non-metro cities like Raipur, Patna, Kochi, Surat and Vishakhapatnam respectively. The Flaps Aviation Private Limited is all geared to launch the Pan-India Air Ambulance service for the first time in the country here. As per reports, initiatives are also being taken by the Flaps Aviation through tie-ups with paramedics, doctors and pharmacies to make this service more patient oriented. To operate its air ambulance services, the company plans to use five Beechcraft King Air C-90 (twin engine,turbo prop) under its own-schedule operator’s permit. At present it has two C-90s while one more, they are being acquiring very soon. The aircraft will be stationed at the respective state airports where the company will operate. A membership program is also being initialized by the company to enable patients to avail its air ambulance service at subsidized rates. For this purpose, the company is chalking out partnership tie-ups with state governments, corporate organizations, NGOs and so on. Meanwhile, the respective state governments are also being requested to integrate the company’s toll free number with ‘108’.

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India’s 1st Exclusive Air Ambulance Service to be Launched from Guwahati

A Delhi-based company would launch the country’s first exclusive air ambulance service from Guwahati to provide affordable transportation service to the people of the seven North Eastern states. Guwahati has been chosen for the maiden launch of this pan-India service on November 16 in presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Founder and Managing Director Flaps Aviation Pvt Ltd, Capt Amit Kumar, said. He said the company is trying to make air ambulance service affordable by bringing down costs. On the cost factor, a company official said it would be Rs 6 lakh to Delhi and within the N-E region from Rs 2 lakh onwards. An aircraft would be stationed in Guwahati and thus precious time would be saved as the air ambulance would not be required to be called from Delhi, the official said adding that is why the service is called ‘exclusive’. To operate its services, the company plans to use five US-made Beechcraft King Air C-90 under its own-schedule operator’s permit, Kumar said. At present, it has two C-90s while it would acquire one more very soon. Guwahati has been chosen for the maiden launch of this pan-India service on November 16 in presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Founder and Managing Director Flaps Aviation Pvt Ltd, Capt Amit Kumar, said.

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Air ambulance service to be launched tomorrow

GUWAHATI, Nov 14 - Delhi-based Flaps Aviation Pvt Ltd will launch its air ambulance service here on November 16. As per the initiative, the air ambulance will be stationed in the city on a permanent basis. Flaps Aviation has also urged the government to integrate the company’s toll-free number with ‘108’ for emergency medical services. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will launch the service on November 16. The Flaps Aviation is further planning to deploy such aircraft in other non-metro cities like Raipur, Patna, Kochi, Surat and Vishakhapatnam. “The service was initiated based on the aspect that air emergency services can prove to be a boon in cases where bed-to-bed transfer of critically ill patients becomes immediately necessary,” said Capt Amit Kumar, founder and MD, Flaps Aviation Pvt Ltd, while speaking to mediapersons here today. “Medical evacuation by air is a concept that is popular in the US and Europe. Now Flaps Aviation is trying to make the same concept popular in India by bringing down the costs involved in medical evacuation,” said Capt Kumar. He also said that although medical evacuation is offered by other chartered companies, the Flaps Aviation will tie-up with paramedics, doctors and pharmacies to make this service more patient-oriented. A membership programme is also being initialised by the company to enable patients to avail its air ambulance service at subsidised rates. “We’re also chalking out tie-ups with state governments, corporate bodies, NGOs, etc. Talks are also on to engage medical insurance companies to help make this service cashless with low premium,” said Rishikesh Mishra of Flaps Aviation.

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Exclusive air ambulance service to be launched from Guwahati

A Delhi-based company would launch the country's first exclusive air ambulance service from Guwahati to provide affordable transportation service to the people of the seven North Eastern states. Guwahati has been chosen for the maiden launch of this pan-India service on November 16 in presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Founder and Managing Director Flaps Aviation Pvt Ltd, Capt Amit Kumar, said. He said the company is trying to make air ambulance service affordable by bringing down costs. On the cost factor, a company official said it would be Rs 6 lakh to Delhi and within the N-E region from Rs 2 lakh onwards. An aircraft would be stationed in Guwahati and thus precious time would be saved as the air ambulance would not be required to be called from Delhi, the official said adding that is why the service is called 'exclusive'. To operate its services, the company plans to use five US-made Beechcraft King Air C-90 under its own-schedule operator's permit, Kumar said. At present, it has two C-90s while it would acquire one more very soon. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Assam Industry Minister Launches Air Ambulance Service

Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary formally launched an air ambulance service at Dispur on Thursday. Delhi-based Flaps Aviation Private Limited will operate its air ambulance service from Guwahati with its brand as ‘Book Air Ambulance’. The air ambulance is equipped with all emergency medical equipment and medical team to take care of patients on board. Unveiling the service, Minister Patowary expressed that the air ambulance service will usher in a new era of health care for the patients of Assam and Northeast. “Since the air ambulance will be parked in Guwahati airport, it will lessen its cost by half. Earlier an ambulance had to fly from Delhi to take a patient from Guwahati to the national capital. Besides, the services will also facilitate organ transplantations during critical time,” the Minister added. Minister Patowary further said that night parking facility will be available at LGBI Airport from next month and Spicejet Airways has agreed in principle to operate its early morning and late evening flights to and fro in the Delhi-Guwahati air route. He said that Government of Assam has requested the ministries of External Affairs and Civil Aviation to connect the capitals of the ASEAN countries to Guwahati under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) which are at a flying distance of 2 hours from Guwahati. “Works are on process to convert the LGBI Airport to international standard and the Union Government has already sanctioned an amount of rupees one thousand crores for development of a new terminal in LGBI Airport,” said Patowary.

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Pan-India air ambulance service launched

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Soon, you may hire a charter aircraft like Ola, Uber and at half the price

NEW DELHI: As the Indian government strives to make flying affordable for the masses with its regional connectivity scheme, aircraft charter companies are charting a similar flight path as aggregators — much like Ola and Uber — and offering fares that are up to 50% cheaper. As an aggregator, a company would offer flyers all available aircraft on one platform and optimise the use of the planes. There are 129 general aviation operators in the country and about 60 of them have fixed-wing aircraft in their fleets, while the remainder have only helicopters. Conventionally, most charter companies charge customers all the costs associated with hiring an aircraft — travel from the home base, the actual trip and the empty return leg. With the aggregator model, aircraft chartering charges can drop by as much as 50%. By positioning aircraft strategically across the country and by matching demand and supply more efficiently, the overall flying time can be reduced, significantly lowering costs for customers vis-à-vis the rate charged by a standalone charter company, according to Kanika Tekriwal, co-founder of Jet-SetGo, a New Delhi-based business charter company with cricketer Yuvraj Singh as one of its investors. “The cost differential can, hence, even be as high as 50%,” said Tekriwal. Hiring an aircraft with six to nine seats currently, ranges from Rs 150,000 to Rs 200,000 an hour. Air One Aviation Pvt, promoted by former president of Air Sahara Alok Sharma, is in the business charter business and has offered up to 500 planes through its subsidiary Ezee Charter Pvt. Sharma said the charter business segment in the country is set to grow and he plans to tap the leisure travel market. “At a later stage, we want to launch holiday packages, which will have on offer flights according to passenger convenience and hotels to a group of people flying to a particular destination. Going ahead, I see a lot of charter flights being used for leisure travel and a big market is waiting to be tapped,” said Sharma. While the primary focus is on business and leisure travellers, New Delhi-based Flaps Aviation is launching an exclusive air ambulance service – a first for India – by the end of this month. “We are primarily looking to base ourselves in the non-metros of the country, which is where the market for air ambulance services is. Our aim is not just to ensure easy and quick availability of air ambulances, but also provide it at a reasonable rate. Our rates will be about 20% cheaper than the rates being offered by the operators today,” said Amit Kumar, managing director of Flaps Aviation and a trained pilot, who has flown medical evacuation flights. The rate for an air ambulance between Guwahati and Delhi would be about Rs 500,000 per trip. Air ambulances are currently offered by hospitals and are not always available immediately. Flaps Aviation’s first base will be in Guwahati, which will be followed by Raipur. It will expand to Patna, Kochi, Surat and Vishakapatnam. The company will launch a membership scheme and is in talks with insurance companies to fund the air ambulance cost, at least partially.

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