Ornge Air Ambulance to acquire 12 Pilatus PC-12 aircraft

Two Pilatus PC-12 aircraft fly in formation.
Photo Credit: Pilatus

Ornge, the provider of air ambulance and critical care transport services for the Canadian province of Ontario, will take delivery of twelve Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop aircraft between 2026 and 2030.

Ornge’s acquisition is part of its fleet modernization program, to ensure essential air medical services to the province of Ontario.

Air Ambulance and Critical Care Transport

Ornge is the provider of air ambulance and critical care transport services for the Canadian province of Ontario.

Their primary mission is to transport patients, particularly in remote or challenging areas, to receive the necessary medical care.

The twelve-strong fleet augmentation is aimed at ensuring the continued effectiveness of their operations.

The air ambulance operator has been operating a fleet of eight Pilatus PC-12 NGs since 2009. These aircraft will be rotated out of service with the acquisition of the new PC-12s.


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Importance of the PC-12

The Pilatus PC-12 has been a vital part of Ontario’s air ambulance program for many years. It is known for its performance, versatility, and reliability, making it suitable for providing high-quality medical care during patient transport, including to remote Indigenous communities in the northern regions of the province.

Ornge’s President and CEO, Dr. Homer Tien, emphasizes that with the renewal of their fleet, they anticipate the PC-12 will continue to help save lives and deliver health equity to the people of Ontario into the future.

“Its performance, versatility and reliability have helped us deliver high quality care in transport across the province, including many remote Indigenous communities in the north.”

“With the renewal of our fleet, we know that this aircraft will continue to help us save lives and deliver health equity for generations to come,” said Dr. Tien.

Ornge’s Operations

Ornge operates from 14 bases across Ontario and coordinates medical transports from its Operations Control Centre in Mississauga.

The organization serves a vast area, covering over one million square kilometers, and provides essential medical transportation services to more than 13 million people.

Thomas Bosshard, President and CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd, stated: “We are very pleased that Ornge has elected to continue the excellent long-term partnership with Pilatus in this upgrade to its fleet. We take great pride in being able to support the health care system of Ontario’s citizens.”

Global fleet of PC-12s

The Pilatus PC-12 is part of a global fleet of more than 2,000 aircraft used for various missions, including air ambulance, special missions, private and corporate transport, fractional and charter operations. The aircraft is known for its safety, versatility, and cost-effectiveness.

Ornge’s decision to continue its partnership with Pilatus in upgrading its fleet underscores the confidence in the manufacturer’s aircraft and the value it provides to its operations.

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