Air Ambulance Victoria operates four ambulance aeroplanes from Essendon headquarters and can reach most of Victoria within an hour.
The current fleet of air ambulance planes is made up of four customised King Air B-200 planes with the engineering and piloting outsourced to Pel-Air.
Air ambulance planes are used mainly for transporting patients from rural towns to the major hospitals in Melbourne. This service includes bringing people to Melbourne for regular treatments such as oncology and dialysis. They are also used for patients who need to be transferred from rural hospitals for specialist care.
The air ambulances are pressurised and regularly transport multiple patients to maximise efficiency. These aircraft provide a vital link between metropolitan services and rural communities. The service now reaches more than 86 towns within Victoria, while also servicing southern New South Wales, northern Tasmania and some parts of South Australia.
Air ambulance planes are also sometimes used for the repatriation of patients from other states back to Victoria for ongoing care.