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A Scottish airline is launching ‘flying ambulances’ to transport COVID-19 patients.



Regional Scottish airline Loganair is working with the Scottish Ambulance Service to convert its Twin Otter aircraft into a flying ambulance with isolation pods to transport coronavirus patients.

The European Union-funded “EpiShuttle” single patient isolation pods were created by Norwegian-based EpiGuard to be used in emergency medical transporters like ambulances, helicopters, and airplanes, according to its maker . It can also be used with stretchers and attachments to secure the pod to a transporter, such as Loganair’s converted aircraft.

The Twin Otter, based out of Scotland’s Glasgow Airport, isn’t the only Loganair plane that will be converted to transport patients amid the coronavirus pandemic. The airline is now working on a larger Saab 340 aircraft conversion set to be completed early April that can fly to all but one highlands and islands airport while carrying two isolation pods and a medical team, according to Loganair .

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