HAI International Tuesday: Lions Air Group Ltd. - Switzerland

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Lions Air Group AG was founded by former Rega pilot Jurg Fleischmann in 1987. The Lions Air Group AG (Lions Air) of today, created in 2008 with the merger of several existing companies, has extensive expertise in aviation and transport, particularly in passenger transport and ambulance operations. Based at Zurich Airport (LSZH), the company operates fixed-wing airplanes and twin-engine helicopters.


  • Lions Air’s helicopter fleet provides fast, efficient transport for all manner of loads up to 600 kg. Its portfolio of services includes:
  • Passenger transport with aircraft and helicopters
  • Special VIP business and event flights
  • Ambulance transport with aircraft, helicopters, and ground ambulances for primary and secondary medical deployment
  • Transportation of organ transplants, transplant teams, and potential organ recipients
  • Film and multimedia productions
  • Wireless video-relay solutions
  • Traffic information center

Lions Air offers first-class, comfortable service for business and VIP customers. Its state-of-the-art helicopter fleet allows the company to cater to a range of special requirements and requests, to include, for example, a panoramic flight over the most beautiful locations in Switzerland. In addition, crews are authorized to conduct field landings and low-level flights, release skydivers, fly displays, carry out film and photo flights, and fight fires. Lions Air is also one of the few Swiss providers to be licensed to fly according to instrument flight rules with a part of its helicopter fleet—even at night and in fog.

Lions Air subsidiary Alpine Air Ambulance AG (AAA) is a rescue service company specializing in patient transport, including rescue operations, repatriations, and light patient transports. On behalf of Swisstransplant, the national clearinghouse for organ donation and allocation, AAA is the exclusive partner for all organ transports in Switzerland. All transports are coordinated by regional rescue networks as well as by the Lions Air operations center.

AAA has been integrated into the Swiss 144 emergency service network in the canton of Aargau. The Lions 1 helicopter carries out primary rescue operations from its base in Birrfeld. Since 2013, AAA and its more than 30 highly qualified employees have been contributing around the clock to emergency medical services in Aargau, surrounding cantons, and parts of Baden-Württemberg.

At the end of 2017, the German DRF Luftrettung, the Austrian ARA Flugrettung, and AAA founded AP3 Luftrettung to improve cross-border air rescue services. The new company operates a rescue helicopter base in Balzers, Liechtenstein.

Helicopter Fleet

The Lions Air airplanes, helicopters, and ambulances are equipped with the most advanced technology on the market. All aircraft are subject to regular inspections to guarantee the highest quality standards and maximum safety.

The Lions Air helicopter fleet consists of:

  • One AgustaWestland AW139 twin-engine aircraft
  • Two Bell 429 twin-engine aircraft
  • Four Airbus H135 twin-engine aircraft
  • One Agusta A109 E Power twin-engine aircraft

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