The service will offer high quality medical emergency services to clients from north Africa to southern Europe, CEO Simon Camilleri said.
It will provide an air link with the medical facilities found in an ambulance, intensive care and an accident and emergency department.
Mr Camilleri said the plane, which has already airlifted a patient from north Africa in the past days, is a Beech 2000 Super King Air. It is ideal for medium to short distance flights, and has access to most of Europe.
A group of 24 Maltese doctors and nurses were rigorously trained on how to operate and provide medical services on board the plane.
Launching the service, Prime Minister L. Gonzi said that the air ambulance offered a quick efficient service that would save peoples’ lives.