Dassault aviation: Rapid transport of healthcare personnel with Aviation Sans Frontières

  • April 9, 2020

Dassault Aviation is participating in the system set up by Aviation Sans Frontières (ASF) to help the medical sector in France and Europe in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic.

ASF is an NGO founded in 1980 that mobilizes its expertise, its aircraft and the air network to deliver humanitarian aid and transport or accompany people around the world. Against Covid-19, ASF has set up a collaborative platform to carry out repatriations on demand and the transport of medical personnel or medical equipment.

Relying on the very dense network of airfields in France (around 500), ASF estimates that there may be many hospitals located less than forty minutes from a platform. It is therefore entirely possible to operate flights on demand, with small aircraft, to transfer human and material resources to where the needs are greatest, particularly in resuscitation. All this can be done very quickly and free of charge.

The first mission of a Falcon provided by Dassault Aviation in this context took place on April 7: a Falcon 7X performed two rotations to transport medical personnel from Marseille to Mulhouse. The medical staff were on the ground in less than an hour, 6-8 times faster than by road.