Rio Tinto is donating $10 million to the Royal Flying Doctor Service which will contribute to the cost of its new fleet of jets for Western Australia.
Rio Tinto’s iron ore boss Andrew Harding said the $10 million committed to the RFDS was another step forward in the company’s long-term partnership with the flying doctor – bringing the total amount of money committed to the RFDS in WA to $22.5M over the last 10 years.
RFDS CEO Grahame Marshall said many lives have already been saved as a direct result of the Rio Tinto Life Flight jet and the extended commitment from the company will further increase the flying doctor’s capacity in the future with the introduction of 4 new Pilatus PC24 jet aircraft.
“Delivery of the new Pilatus PC 24 jets, commencing in 2017, will see the realisation of a long-held and exciting dream for the RFDS and will provide a world leading aero medical service to the people and communities of Western Australia well into the future,” Marshall said.
“The PC24s, due to be in service by 2017, will be a game changer for the RFDS.
“These jets can travel twice as far as our PC12 turbo prop aircraft in half the time and unlike other jets can land and take off from dirt airstrips and be operated by a solo pilot.”