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New RFDS Jets to Halve Travel Time for Rural Patients

RFDS 2.JPGThe RFDS has unveiled the first of their new purpose-built jets which will allow patients to be treated in air and will cut travel times in half.

The $13 million jets were built by Swiss company Pilatus for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. 

Two of the new PC-24s arrived in Western Australia with a third scheduled to arrive in Adelaide in the new year, servicing South Australia and the Northern Territory.

RFDS Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Tomkinson says the jets can reach speeds of up to 740 kilometres per hour, halving the travel times to remote parts of the state.

It follows on from the launch of the Outback Alliance, which will provide services for Outback communities.

The Outback Alliance is a wide cross-sector of organisations who all provide services for Outback communities, working together towards Outback prosperity for businesses, health, environment and community underpinned by regional development and digital infrastructure.

“Increased funding and resources for health outcomes in the Outback will ultimately result in longer term reductions in the costs of health care, and greatly improved livelihoods for the people who live there,” said RFDS CEO Dr. Martin Laverty.

The Outback Alliance is comprised of: Australian Rangelands Society, Royal Flying Doctors Service, Ninti One, Isolated Children’s Parents Association, Kimberley Land Council, Pew Charitable Trusts, Rangelands NRM Alliance, Desert Knowledge Australia, Broadband for the Bush Alliance and the Arid Lands Environment Centre.