Saturday, September 25, 2021
84.9 F
Fort Worth

McKinney National Airport lands air ambulance firm

🕐 2 min read

A. Lee Graham

Reporter

First Flight has chosen McKinney National Airport as the air ambulance company’s new headquarters.

The firm, which provides medical air transport for emergency and non-emergency patients from rural area hospitals, will lease a 12,000 square-foot hangar and offices at the airport.

The space will serve as the base for supporting operations in East Texas. First Flight will be based at the new facility, as well as operate an aircraft maintenance operation for its aircraft and other aircraft.

“We are thrilled to move into our new facility at McKinney National Airport,” said Denny O’Hara, president of First Flight in a news release. “This facility will allow us to continue to grow our business of supporting hospitals in smaller communities with state-of-the art aircraft to transport patients to larger medical facilities for specialized care,” O’Hara said.

First Flight’s eight-aircraft include Cessna 421s and King Airs. Each plane features flight paramedics and nurses who have earned critical care certification. First Flight will add 36 employees within three years.

“We know First Flight will have a positive impact on the community and the airport,” said McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller.

“McKinney National Airport is an ideal place for First Flight to continue to grow their business with access to all the resources of a major urban area without the congestion we see around other local airports,” Loughmiller said.

McKinney National Airport borders the edge of DFW Class-B airspace, simplifying and shortening aircraft arrival and departure times.  While emergency medical flights receive priority clearance, other flights coming into the airport avoid having to be sequenced along with more than 3,800 daily aircraft operations to and from larger commercial airports and other general aviation airports that are deep within the tightly controlled Class-B space.  

First Flight owns, operates, and maintains an air ambulance service serving several Texas communities. More information is available at www.flytki.com.

lgraham@bizpress.net

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

Related Articles

Our Digital Sponsors

Latest Articles

Not ready to subscribe?

Try a few articles on us.

Enter your email address and we will give you access to three articles a month, to give us a try. You also get an opportunity to receive our newsletter with stories of the day.

Get our email updates

Stay up-to-date with the issues, companies and people that matter most to business in the Fort Worth.

  • Restaurants
  • Technology
  • and more!

FWBP Morning Brief

FWBP 5@5

Weekend Newsletter

  • Banking & Finance
  • Culture
  • Real Estate