TCS now has its own wings

13 February 2013




Vernier, January 21st 2013. To complement its helicopters and land ambulances, Alpine
Air Ambulance has added a medical plane to its fleet, flying the TCS colors and bearing
the inscription ”TCS Ambulance”. The Cessna Citation Bravo will enter in service in the
spring of 2013. Based at Kloten airport, the jet ambulance will repatriate patients and
carry organs.


Over the past two years, the TCS has repatriated 352 holders of the ETI booklet by air ambulance
(164 in 2011 and 188 in 2012). In 8 out of 10 cases, repatriations were carried out from the
European continent or the Maghreb. The new jet has an operational radius of 2,500 km and can
therefore reach 80% of destinations without a stopover. In the standard configuration, the
aircraft has two beds for patients requiring intensive care. As well as the medical team consisting
of an intensive care specialist and a specialist doctor, the aircraft can also accommodate one to
two auxiliaries, or a second medical team.

Registered HB-VMX and based at Zurich-Kloten airport, the new aircraft will fly the colors of
Switzerland’s largest Mobility Club and will bear the inscription TCS Ambulance. High-tech medical
equipment allows the transportation of two reclined patients requiring intensive care. The aircraft,
which is currently being converted, will be available from the spring of 2013 to repatriate
patients. Accompanying medical personnel will consist of specialist doctors from a number of
Swiss hospitals. As is the case for helicopter crews, these teams will be coordinated by the
Hirslanden Clinic in Zurich.

The fleet extension is a new stage in the development strategy of both Alpine Air Ambulance and
the TCS. The recent extension of air capability enhances coverage in terms of medical assistance
and complements the ETI-Med telephone assistance service, land ambulances and medical
helicopters. Thanks to its minority holding in AAA, the TCS can therefore offer the holders of the
ETI booklet an all-round personal assistance as a single service provider.

Helicopters allocated to Alpine Air Ambulance (AAA) are registered in the name of Skymedia AG
and the aircraft in the name of Lions Air AG, two companies controlled at 100% by the Lions Air
Group, which in turn is a majority shareholder of AAA. This company has been active since 1987
in the field of air transportation and since 2007 in repatriations for health reasons. It joined forces
with TCS to establish Alpine Air Ambulance, a Swiss company based in Zurich-Kloten. The new
aircraft is therefore registered in the name of Lions Air AG, which has signed a lease-purchase

Media contacts

Moreno Volpi, TCS spokesperson, 058 827 27 16, 078 707 71 28,
Petra Seeburger, AAA spokesperson, 044 813 09 09, 079 274 91 55,
The TCS photos are on Flickr -
The TCS videos are on Youtube -

About Alpine Air Ambulance (AAA)

Alpine Air Ambulance specializes in repatriation for health reasons on board medical planes, commercial aircrafts,
helicopters or ambulances on the ground. During such operations, the medical team coordinated by the Hirslanden
Clinic in Zurich provides medical accompaniment of the highest quality. The AAA call center can be contacted 24 hours
a day, 365 days a year. AAA also collaborates with a number of well-known service providers in the field of medical

Author/Source: TCS Press Release

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