Stretcher on Commercial Flight

When you’re ill and you need to get home, call Lifesupport Air Medical Services. Our stretchers on commercial flights bring patients home quickly, comfortably, and at a fraction of the cost of an air ambulance

Start Your Journey

A stretcher on a commercial flight is set up across 6-8 seats in the back of the plane. We can bring in our air ambulance equipment, including oxygen, cardiac monitoring, and ventilator support. Our top-of-the-line equipment ensures your safe, quick, and comfortable journey.

Who Uses a Commercial Airline Stretcher?

Individuals who use stretchers on commercial flights need intensive medical assistance. Typically, they have limited mobility and cannot sit up for takeoff and landing. We have helped people who need critical or palliative care. We are proud that Lifesupport Air Medical Services is one of the first companies to transport patients with ventilation on a commercial flight. 

Stretchers on commercial airlines are an economical alternative to air ambulances. Our Executive Medical Team will recommend the safest, fastest, and most cost-effective way to get you home based on your individual needs.

Which Airports Have Airline Stretchers?

Commercial airline stretchers can be set up from major airport hubs – not from every airport. Thanks to our years of medical transport experience and our close relationships with all major airlines, we can identify the best hub and airline to use based on your specific needs. Depending on your individual needs, we may fly you in an air ambulance to a major airport hub before transferring you onto a stretcher on a commercial flight.

Scheduling Your Stretcher

Getting a stretcher on a commercial flight can take from a few hours to over two weeks. Here are some factors that influence how quickly you can get a stretcher on a commercial flight:

  • We need medical clearance from the airline to set up the stretcher.
  • Each airline has its own clearance process which varies in length.
  • Stretchers require 6-8 seats, so availability can be sparse on popular routes. 

Our Executive Medical Team has transported thousands of patients on stretchers on commercial flights. They know the ins and outs of each airline and airport. They will be able to make the best recommendation for your individual needs.

Your Clinical Care Team

Your Critical Care Transport team will have 2 or 3 members. Depending on your needs, the team will include an ICU or ER registered nurse, a doctor, or a paramedic. All of our Critical Care Transport team members have undergone Lifesupport Air Medical Services’ own extensive training program.

Stretcher on Commercial Flight Accreditation

Our commercial airline stretcher service is accredited by the European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI) according to the latest standards. In addition to our accreditation for commercial airline stretcher services, we are also accredited for medical escort services on commercial flights and inter-continental fixed wing air ambulance services.

It is a privilege to be accredited with EURAMI. Our accreditation means that we have undergone an extensive review to prove that we are qualified, professional, and safe. It also means that we can get the job done in the right way. We are committed to maintaining this accreditation and are regularly called upon to continue proving our qualifications.

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