Air Methods Enters Agreements to Purchase 42 New Aircraft

Air Methods Enters Agreements to Purchase 42 New Aircraft

DENVER, Dec. 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Air Methods Corporation
(Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today
announced it has entered into agreements to purchase 20 Bell 407s, 10
Eurocopter EC130s, six Eurocopter AS350s, and six Eurocopter EC135s. These new
aircraft will directly support Air Methods' commitment to maintaining a modern
air medical fleet as well as future growth opportunities. Delivery of the
aircraft will start in 2013 and continue into 2015.

"Air Methods continues to devote financial resources to improve the quality
and safety of our services and these new aircraft will have a direct and
immediate impact on that commitment," stated Aaron Todd, CEO. "Maintaining a
modern fleet with leading-edge performance and safety technologies has been
and will continue to be a focus. These four airframes have a proven
combination of safety, performance and reliability and are outstanding
platforms for our mission profile."

The installation of the medical interior and cockpit avionics is expected to
be completed by the Company's internal United Rotorcraft Division. The design
of the United Rotorcraft medical interiors ensures clinicians can provide
critical life-saving care to every patient. The Company's standard avionics
suite will be installed on each including night vision goggle capability,
helicopter terrain avoidance warning systems, GPS, satellite weather, and
satellite tracking.

Air Methods Corporation ( is the global leader in air
medical transportation. The Air Medical Services Division is the largest
provider of air medical transport services for hospitals and one of the
largest community-based providers of air medical services. United Rotorcraft
Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and
aerospace technology. Air Methods' fleet of owned, leased or maintained
aircraft features over 400 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

Please contact Christine Clarke at (303) 792-7579 to be included on the
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CONTACT: Tracey Budz
         Director, Corporate Communications
         (303) 256-4122

Air Methods Corporation
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