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Fleet & Equipment

Rega brings rapid and professional medical aid from the air and supports people in need. Rega currently operates 20 helicopters and 3 ambulance jets.


20 Rescue helicopters

Rega operates its 14 operational bases with 20 rescue helicopters. Six rescue helicopters are reserve machines that are either undergoing technical maintenance or are needed as training machines. The helicopter fleet comprises 8 Airbus Helicopters H145 machines, stationed at the lowland bases in Zurich, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and St. Gallen, and 11 AgustaWestland Da Vinci located at the mountain bases in Untervaz, Locarno, Erstfeld, Samedan, Wilderswil, Mollis, Zweisimmen and Sion. In addition, Rega operates a helicopter of the type Airbus Helicopters H125, which it uses for training purposes.

3 Ambulance jets

The three ambulance jets Challenger 650  from Bombardier are in service all around the world. The Rega ambulance jet features a specially designed, multifunctional stretcher and a lighter, better soundproofed cabin. Stateof-the-art avionics in the cockpit allow the Rega pilots to select time- and fuel-saving flight routes. 


Airbus Helicopters H145

The twin-engine H145 features cutting-edge avionics and navigation technology, is equipped with a four-axis autopilot, and can also perform satellite-based approach flights with extreme precision. Its spacious cabin means that it is predestined for special intensive care patient transports, such as with a heart-lung machine or a mobile incubator for premature babies.

More about the H145

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AgustaWestland Da Vinci

In close collaboration with the manufacturer, the Da Vinci has been specially designed to cater for Rega's particular requirements as regards carrying out operations in the mountains. It optimally fulfils the high demands made of it in terms of flying characteristics, emergency medical equipment and maintenance. Safety, performance and space have been increased, and maintenance and noise emissions reduced.

More about the Da Vinci

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  • Max. flying speed (km/h)

  • Operational altitude (a.s.l.)

H125 training helicopter

The Airbus Helicopters H125 is used for training purposes. In particular, up-and-coming Rega pilots are trained in performing mountain and external load flights. For example, the H125 is equipped with a digital cockpit closely resembling that of the Da Vinci mountain helicopter, which prepares the trainee pilots for flying this helicopter type in the future.

More about the H125

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  • Height (in m)

  • Length (in m)

  • Max. flying speed (km/h)

Ambulance jet Challenger 650

Rega's three Challenger 650 ambulance jets are used all over the world by seriously ill or injured people. Equipped like an intensive care unit, they fly up to 6,500 kilometres. Rega's ambulance jets are extremely versatile. Up to four patients - two of them intensive care patients - can be transported lying down at the same time.

More about the Challenger 650

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  • Height (in m)

  • Length (in m)

  • Wing span (in m)

  • Max. flying speed (km/h)

Special equipment

An air rescue system that is always ready for action and professionally operated requires the appropriate equipment. Rega's special equipment is precisely tailored to each rescue situation and is based on the many years of experience of our rescue crews.

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