Milestone Aviation Group has signed lease agreements with Northern Rescue Helicopter Limited (“Northern Rescue”) for two AW169s which are scheduled to deliver in the coming months.

The helicopters will operate missions from Northern Rescue’s bases in northern New Zealand, including the greater Auckland and Northland regions. Both helicopters are fitted with state-of-the-art medical equipment in large, easy-to-reconfigure cabins, allowing clinical teams to deliver lifesaving care to patients.

Sébastien Moulin, Chief Commercial Officer, Milestone, said, “We are delighted to welcome Northern Rescue as a new customer to Milestone and place our first aircraft in New Zealand. The AW169 is well suited to support Northern Rescue’s fleet renewal program as it is configured to place patient needs at the heart of its design. We thank Ian MacPherson and the Northern Rescue team for the confidence they have placed in Milestone, and we look forward to working together as these aircraft deliver.”

Ian MacPherson, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Rescue, said “Leasing the two aircraft from Milestone marks a significant step towards updating and standardizing the fleet of EMS/SAR aircraft across Auckland and Northland, ensuring that our communities continue to receive the highest level of care and service possible. We are grateful that Milestone has identified the opportunity to enhance the New Zealand EMS sector, and we look forward to working closely with them into the future.”