Air ICU starting price at 100,000 in Beijing

16:50, September 20, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

China's first medical aircraft began to offer air ambulance services as the Beijing Red Cross launched air emergency transport operations recently.

The transportation fees, composed of flight fee, ground handling fee and medical expenses, will cost at least 100,000 yuan, said Zhang Lei, marketing director of Asia Air Medical, Ltd., which is the carrier of 999 emergency rescue center of the Beijing Red Cross.

From Beijing to Wuhan, the transportation fee alone will cost between 100,000 yuan and 150,000 yuan and the medical expenses will depend on the patient's conditions, according to Zhang.

In the special plane, all the 80 seats have been removed. Within the some 30 square meters of the cabin, there is a stretcher and five accompanying chairs. Two chairs opposite the stretcher are reserved for the medical staff. In addition, the plane is equipped with a 2,100-milliliter oxygen bottle under the approval of civil aviation authority.

The other medical equipment, such as cardiac monitor, ventilator and blood analyzers, will be carried by the accompanied doctors according to the conditions of the patients.

Two foreign captains of the medical aircraft have experience in flying medical jets and have both logged more than 4,000 flight hours. Meanwhile there are two sophisticated pilots retired from Air China and a copilot trained by Asia Air Medical Ltd, according to Zhang Lei.

In addition, all the medical staff that will participate in the air transportation of the 999 intensive care unit (ICT) have undertaken special training, Zhang Lei said.

A two-year contract has been singed between the Beijing Red Cross and Asia Air Medical Ltd, which will provide aircrafts for the services.

If you need the service, you can dial 999 directly in Beijing, 010-999 outside Beijing and 0086-10-999 outside China. The doctors will decide whether aircraft transit will be allowed according the conditions of the patients.

By Liang Jun, People's Daily Online


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion