The AW139 was selected by the Irish Department of Defence in December 2004 and a contract was signed for four aircraft plus two options. The Irish Air Corps use the aircraft for a range of duties including transport of special operation units of the Defence Forces, air ambulance, overland search and rescue and VIP transport. First unit delivered in 2006.
Serial 274 was originally built as an Agusta AB.139 and listed separately
3000th Patient for Irish Air Corps 112, 01-Oct-20 : #EAS Ireland’s first Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) airlifts 3000th patient. “Air Corps 112” is an air ambulance helicopter service based in Athlone operated since 2012 by the Irish Air Corps and National Ambulance Service under the call sign MEDEVAC 112, the service was redesignated AIR CORPS 112 in 2016
Ireland Set Permanent Emergency Service, 15-Jul-15 : Ireland announced the establishment of the Emergency Aeromedical Support Service on a permanent basis.
|Years||Units||bold : Current base of the Unit|
|2012/||National Ambulance Service Ireland EAS|| Custume Barracks |
|2006/||301 squadron|| Baldonnel |
List of Aircraft
|C/N||Mod||Built||ID In this Org||In other Org|
|31059||2006|| 275: Irish Air Corps d/d with 274|
|31076||2007|| 276: Irish Air Corps 301 Sqd from Apr07; 02jan14 pictured (pic1) +|
|31078||2007|| 277: 301 sqd from May07; Jun07 at Paris Le Bourget air show 2007|
|31137||2008|| 278: Irish Air Corps d/d Baldonnel 26jul08|
|31145||2008|| 279: Final AW139 for the Irish Air Corps, due for deliver in Octo+|