In a letter to the Second Chamber Minister Schippers writes that a new contract for a new helicopter has been made. She concludes:
“After evaluation of the bids on price and quality, the contract is awarded to National Helicopters. It is a so-called Bell 430 placed next to the existing helicopter, which will be used as back-up in case when the Bell can not be used due to service or maintenance. This Bell is a dedicated medevac helicopter that meets all obligations in the field of aviation, including the IFR, oxygen reserves for critical patients, greater range making even the hospital on Guadeloupe directly within reach, with the possibility of taking additional medical personnel guidance of the patient. The annual cost will be approximately $ 1.7 million.
This is about 1 million (dollars) more expensive than the previous provision that no longer met the airworthiness requirements.”