A 5-day service is launched at Swansea airport on St David’s Day and is officially opened by the Prince of Wales
First mission: crew treat and airlift rugby player with neck injuries in Glyn-Neath
The service increase to a 7-day operation in July
Wales Air Ambulance is branded in the national colours of red and green
The charity begins fundraising appeal to introduce an air ambulance in North Wales
By 1st July the charity launches a 5-day operation at Caernarfon Airport, and with continued fundraising efforts increases to a 7-day service
First fundraising office for North Wales opens
Helicopters are upgraded to BOLKOW-105 DBS model for extra room
The charity has opened five fundraising shops throughout Wales
The lifesaving lottery continues to grow with 20,000 members, bringing in £1 million for the charity
A third helicopter is stationed at Welshpool Airport in time for the busy summer period
Charity reaches 5,000 mission and Caernarfon base is named busiest air ambulance in Britain
The charity launches its Golden Hour challenge, backed by rugby star James Hook
The charity continues to grow with fundraising offices in Swansea, Caernarfon and Wrexham
In March, Wales Air Ambulance launches a 12-month campaign, the £1 appeal, to upgrade its helicopters to a ‘new generation’ model
The £1 appeal road show tours Wales involving dozens of schools, businesses and communities; spreading the word that everyone can help save lives with just £1
The £1 appeal is a success, and in April Wales Air Ambulance launches its first EC135 aircraft at Cardiff castle. A second new arrival touches down in Caernarfon in September
Charity reaches 10,000 missions and scoops Air ambulance of the Year at the Health Business Awards
The upgraded Air Ambulances make a vital difference to operations, helping to save even more lives.
A crew in Swansea is named Air Ambulance Team of the Year at the ASI Awards in the house of Lords, for their pivotal role on a mission
Wales Air Ambulance has: 3 fundraising offices; 15 charity shops; 3 helicopters covering Wales; and has responded to over 14,500 missions.
Its in-house Lifesaving Lottery scheme has over 36,000 members, helping to fund one helicopter.
This year saw the launch of the charity's Leap into Action campaign with the aim of raising £600,000 to upgrade Welshpool's helicopter to a new generation air ambulance.
In November the charity introduced the newest addition to their fleet, a highly advanced EC135 air ambulance.
Air ambulance operations are extended each day to maximise flying hours.
New lifesaving equipment is launched: portable incubators for infants, video laryngoscopes to clear airways with a camera, and medical drills to inject medicine directly into bone.
The charity carries out its 19,000th mission on St David’s Day, airlifting a heart attack patient from the top of a snowy Pen y Fan.
Series three of Wales Air Ambulance’s fly-on-the-wall TV show becomes one of the most watched series in the ITV UK Network.
Consultant-level doctors join Wales Air Ambulance shifts in a pioneering new scheme, providing more advanced treatments such as emergency surgery and blood transfusions.
Wales Air Ambulance launches Airbase Appeal to fund its new home in Dafen. The £500,000 campaign will help to build the hangar and helipad for the charity’s South Wales helicopter.
The charity’s head office staff and South Wales aircrews move into their new, purpose-built facility in Dafen, Llanelli. The move will save the charity thousands of pounds in rent and fuel.
WAA launches a fourth aircraft, making it the largest air ambulance operation in the UK. The helicopter is based at Cardiff Heliport and is dedicated to paediatric and neonatal transfers between specialist hospitals, helping Wales’ youngest patients.