US-based Air Ambulance Worldwide started as a commercial medical escort company and broker before obtaining its aircraft operating certificate in 2005. The company initially operated a Piper Navajo (unpressurised aircraft) for short-haul air ambulance missions, and then purchased a Piaggio P-180. Air Ambulance Worldwide progressed to operating three Lear 35 jets and one Lear 55 from its Florida base, as well as two Citation jets situated in Washington, Pennsylvania at AeroNational (a subsidiary operation). Air Ambulance Worldwide owns and operates its own aircraft that are managed by its affiliate Air GATO Enterprises. Air GATO owns and operates the Part 135 direct air carrier certificate. This experience and reach allows them to fly worldwide, and qualify operating partners. Air Ambulance Worldwide and Air GATO Enterprises have stringent requirements that all operators must meet in order to be accepted and placed on their ‘Qualified Operator’ list.
Presently, Air Ambulance Worldwide provides fixed-wing air ambulance transportation services to family members, hospitals, nursing homes, medical assist companies, cost containment companies and other providers of medical care. The company provides a bedside-to-bedside air ambulance service, including offering ground transportation in both cities, as well as all co-ordination with the family.