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What is an Air Ambulance?

Flying Doctors Asia air ambulances function as compact intensive care units staffed with highly-trained physicians and registered nurses.

Air Ambulance medical personnel receive extensive training in flight physiology, airway management and emergency procedures. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification are required for all medical crewmembers.

Our Air Ambulance service provides safe transfer of patients with various medical conditions and specialises in critical medical transfers including:

  • ICU to ICU transfers (inter-hospital intensive care patients)
  • Ventilator-dependent patients
  • Cardiac emergencies
  • Multi-trauma cases
  • Spinal cord/head injury rehabilitation
  • Transplant recipients
  • Infants and children needing emergency medical attention


Many people have suddenly found themselves in a position where an employee, relative or friend is seriously ill or injured in an area where adequate medical facility is not available. In many cases they are neither able to cope nor able to obtain the necessary medical assistance. Flying Doctors Asia specialises in transferring these patients to reach the assistance they need quickly particularly to Singapore, Philippines, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Guam and the Micronesia islands owing to our strategic location. Our clients include:

  • Insurance companies
  • Travel companies
  • International repatriation companies
  • Embassies
  • Public and private companies
  • Hospital trusts
  • National Health Services
  • Private individuals


Upon receiving a case confirmation, we will:

  • 1. Investigate and assess the case thoroughly
  • 2. Provide medical advice by our panel of medical doctors, with access to specialists in the relevant field of medicine
  • 3. Allocate a suitable aircraft for the transfer, taking into account the patient's medical needs and the flying hours
  • 4. Provide comprehensive aviation medical equipment
  • 5. Assign qualified medical teams whose experience is appropriate to patient’s condition for escort
  • 6. Schedule medical teams, air and ground ambulances and arrange referrals at receiving hospitals
  • 7. Liaise with client and update movement throughout the whole transfer
  • 8. Provide proper insurance