Our Major Focus
Unlike some aircraft operators that simply reconfigure planes for purposes of serving as an air ambulance, saving lives is a major part of our business. We have planes specifically designed for the task and outfitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment with medical teams from some of the world’s best hospitals. Working in partnership with these medical professionals, we have identified the necessary equipment and supplies that are necessary to successfully transport even the sickest and riskiest patients from nearly anywhere in the world.
Our ability to partner with leading medical and organ recovery organizations is a direct result of our unsurpassed safety track record. Our crews are continually trained and drilled on the latest air ambulance procedures. In addition, Aitheras only allows pilots with captain status to fly. With two captains at the control panels, there is qualified backup should the unexpected occur. And, we utilize our own in-house maintenance department, thus ensuring our aircraft are always maintained to a level that meets or exceeds governmental standards. It’s also worth noting that we are one of only a few fixed-wing operators helping the FAA set new standards for safety in the industry through the new Safety Management System (SMS) program.
Ready to Serve
Our Cleveland location is ideal for this business given our proximity to some of the world’s most highly rated health centers for such procedures as organ transplants, heart surgery, cancer care and joint replacements. In addition, we fly with some of the most highly qualified medical teams in the business. At minimum, we have a nurse or nurse practitioner on board overseeing the care of the patient and, often, a physician or surgeon is leading the medical team.
As a result of the number of medical flights we conduct, Aitheras is large enough to accept most third-party payor agreements. As a participant in the Global CARE (Critical Care Air Rescue and Evacuation) Program, Aitheras also makes it possible for people to offset major medical and transport expenses. By becoming members in the program, critically ill patients who are hospitalized more than 150 miles from home can get safe and rapid transport to the hospital of their choice.