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Ambulance flights

Service as professional as it is comprehensive

We fly injured or sick holidaymakers, business travellers and company employees on our own ambulance aircraft, our own helicopters or chartered or scheduled flights safely for further treatment, accompanied by our highly experienced staff. 

You tell us about your upcoming transport needs and we take care of all the rest. Thanks to our in-house mission coordinators and ambulance aircraft as well as our medical operations, we offer individual and comprehensive services under one roof. This is how we ensure fast and seamless transport. We coordinate your cooperation with potential ground partners for you, too.

Sie benötigen einen Ambulanzflug? Kontaktieren Sie uns und wir übernehmen alles Weitere – hoch professionell und zuverlässig.
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Our deployment numbers

Deployments 2020: 214 

Deployments 2019: 222 

Deployments 2018: 300 

Deployments 2017: 187 

Deployments 2016: 198 

Our services

Our years of experience are your benefit

Benefit from the experience that we have gained from 45 years of global patient transport. In just the last five years alone, we have conducted over 1,100 patient repatriations. Equipped with two Learjets and over 50 helicopters at 37 bases in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, we provide help where we are needed reliably and expertly. We receive support from a robust network of excellent and cooperative partners. We select these partners extremely carefully based on the highest quality standards. This is how we bring our patients back home safely and reliably from all corners of the earth.

Optimal patient transport: how it works

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You can rely on DRF Luftrettung to be an expert partner for your repatriation. (Source: DRF Luftrettung)

1. You alert our Operation Center by calling +49 711 7007 3010. 

2. We advise you on how to proceed and make a record of your case. 

3. a) In a doctor-to-doctor conversation, our medical service examines your patient’s diagnosis and suitability for transport and recommends the optimal method for repatriation. This could be an ambulance flight or helicopter, or scheduled commercial flights or land-based vehicles.  

3. b) In parallel, our mission coordinators organise all the actions required and make arrangements with local authorities and hospitals abroad. 

4. Our crew operates the flight and oversees the patient’s transport from hospital bed to hospital bed.   

In the air quickly and safely with ultra-modern medical technology 

Thanks to the ultra-modern medical technology in all of our aeroplanes and helicopters, we ensure that our patients’ condition and treatment are constantly monitored from start to finish. The crew can intervene in a patient’s treatment at any stage of transport – even when flying on one of our Learjets. 

Notärztin bedient medizinische Geräte im Rettungshubschrauber
We offer multiple options for ventilation: a portable intensive-care ventilator, non-invasive ventilation possibilities, oxygen inhalation or suction pumps. (Source: DRF Luftrettung)
Medizinisches Gerät mit grüner Bedienfläche
We can provide optimal stabilisation for a patient’s circulation with a bi-phase defibrillator, external pacemaker, invasive pacemaker, four syringe drivers (upgradable quantity) or one infusion pump (upgradable quantity). (Source: DRF Luftrettung)
Medizinisches Gerät auf Notfallrucksack
Our reliable companions for diagnostics: multifunctional monitoring with 4-lead ECG, 12-channel ECG incl. ECG transmission, pulse oximetry, non-invasive blood pressure measurement, invasive blood pressure measurement, capnography, temperature measurement, sonography and blood gas analysis. (Source: DRF Luftrettung)
Offener Notfallrucksack auf schwarzem Hintergrund
Our medical equipment also includes: an emergency grab bag, ventilator, monitoring, ampoule kit, medical oxygen (portable: 1,000 l, fixed: 2,000 l), portable suction pump and emergency grab bag for paediatric care. (Source: DRF Luftrettung)

Are you a private individual and would you like to be able to rely on being brought home expertly and reliably by DRF Luftrettung if you become severely sick or injured abroad? Do you also wish to support the important work that DRF Luftrettung does? Learn more about the opportunities for membership and the repatriation guarantee that comes with it.

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Rainer Banzhaf und Learjet DRF Luftrettung
‘A bit of history will go with him when he retires’: Rainer Banzhaf is leaving the DRF Luftrettung alert centre after 42 years
Rainer Banzhaf has worked at DRF Luftrettung since 1 August 1979. The mission coordinator, whose employee number is 001, has been part of the DRF Luftrettung alert centre’s development. He has given passion, fascination and commitment. He will be beginning his well-earned retirement in November and can look back on a work history spent almost entirely at the non-profit organisation. His emphasis on team spirit has been there since the very beginning.
Serious road accident at Lake Victoria – ambulance jet flies rescue mission to Uganda
A tragic accident in the East African country of Uganda results in a young man needing to be repatriated to Germany. The crew of DRF Luftrettung’s Learjet sets off on the 6,000 km journey. Two stops and eight and a half hours later, the two pilots and the medical crew land near the shore of Lake Victoria.
Mann vor Learjet
The masters of dispatching
They ensure that the worldwide repatriations on board DRF Luftrettung ambulance aircraft run smoothly and that the appropriate rescue equipment is supplied throughout Germany. They piece together all the mission elements like a puzzle so that patients are guaranteed the best medical care possible. We are, of course, talking about the dispatchers at the DRF Luftrettung alert centre. The 12-strong team in the Operation Center at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport is active 365 days a year to organise the logistics surrounding the missions.
Verladen eines Patienten im Epishuttle in den Hubschrauber
DRF Luftrettung is doing its part in overcoming the pandemic
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, it is essential that the DRF Luftrettung remains fully operational so that it can continue to fulfil its mission. Pandemic or no pandemic – after a heart attack or a serious accident the clock starts ticking for every patient and will determine whether they survive or recover. This also applies to travellers abroad.