Why the last SAS Boeing 737 is configured as an air ambulance

The Norwegian Government has announced it is to continue its cooperation with the EU to provide an air ambulance service to Ukrainians needing medical treatment.

SAS retired the Boeing 737 from its schedules last November, however -700 variant, LN-RPJ, has been converted to the air ambulance role with the Norwegian Armed Forces Joint Medical Services providing the care onboard. The press release from the Norwegian Government stated: “A long-term agreement between the Norwegian Armed Forces and SAS has made it possible to convert an ordinary airliner into an air ambulance that is equipped to provide intensive care and to transport patients in stretchers.”

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide, said: “This medical evacuation operation is part of Norway’s extensive engagement in support of Ukraine. Norway’s close cooperation with other European countries is helping to alleviate pressure on the Ukrainian healthcare system and ensure that wounded soldiers and ill and injured Ukrainians receive the hospital treatment and care they need.”

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