Since 1968, the Upper Valais helicopter company Air Zermatt stands for reliability and speed. Thanks to our competence and longstanding experience, the helicopters with the red and white stars have gained worldwide fame. They rescue casualties off mountain tops and out of crevasses and offer transport and tourist flights – And they do it so well that the Air Zermatt has gained the reputation of carrying out the most difficult mountain rescues in the world.
Air Zermatt has been a household name in the mountain rescue service for over 45 years. The Zermatt rescue pioneers are constantly developing and refining rescue techniques, which reach the highest efficiency, thanks to the interplay of the helicopter crew and the mountain rescuers.
Helping devices, such as the tripod, which simplifies rescues from crevasses, or the longline, which enables the crew to rescue people out of difficult situations, saved the lives of hundreds of alpinists and snow sport enthusiasts. The pilots gain their practice for difficult rescue missions from precise transport and tourist flights in the Valais mountain landscape.
Air Zermatt is highly experienced in the field of emergency medicine and alpine rescue, which our mountain rescuers pass on to pros and laymen through the Air Zermatt Training Center (ATC).
The offer includes the training and the advanced formation in the fields of preclinical emergency medicine as well as the communication of knowledge and skill of security-related aspects in alpine sports.
The internationally accredited courses are addressed to doctors, paramedic personnel, mountain rescuers, mountain guides as well as rescue specialists of the police corps and the fire department.
Because Air Zermatt pilots have this vast experience, a knowhow transfer between pilots and mountain guides from Zermatt and their colleagues in Nepal exists.
Together with the Zermatt rescue station, Air Zermatt has built a rescue station in the Himalaya in April 2011. A documentary movie has been made about this experience, which is called “Die Bergretter im Himalaya” (the mountain rescuers in the Himalaya) and aired on Swiss Television (SRF). As part of this educational project the Zermatt mountain rescuers have succeeded in completing the highest flown rescue in the world so far, on the Annapurna at an altitude of almost 7000 meters a.s.l. For this extraordinary achievement the rescuers were awarded the so-called “Heroism Award”, the highest international Award in aviation.
Air Zermatt is the only company ever to be awarded this “Oscar of the airs” three times.
With their exchange and collaboration with helicopter pilots from other nations, the flight pioneers of Air Zermatt show that the mountain climbing mecca Zermatt also entails a well organised mountain rescue service.
However, Air Zermatt is not only a rescue company. It also routinely carries out tourist flights. Sightseeing flights over the Alps around the Matterhorn or over the Aletsch Glacier, taxi flights from Swiss and international airports to the holiday destination Zermatt or heliskiing/heliboarding to the mountain landing sites are just some of the offers.
The most important branch of Air Zermatt, however, is the material transport. Approximately 60 percent of the flight time is devoted to transport flights. Construction material in all forms and lengths are flown by helicopter to construction sites in the mountains, mountain railways, mountain huts or avalanche barriers. Air Zermatt also specialises in wood transport, assembly, greening, firefighting and special assignments on high-voltage power lines with the help of the working platform.
Currently, nine helicopters are flying in the modern fleet of Air Zermatt:
2 Lama, 5 Ecureuil (squirrel) and the two twin-motor EC 135 and Bell 429. For further information please go to machine park.
Air Zermatt is currently employing about 65 employees on the three bases Gampel, Raron and Zermatt.