AirCARE1 was co-founded by Denise Waye, a critical care nurse who had a vision and passion for providing a different approach to medical air transport. Denise believed providing the highest quality medical attention, combined with compassion and a holistic approach to patient care, would transform the air ambulance experience for patients and families.

Having worked in the air ambulance industry for several years as a flight nurse, Denise knew there was a better way to provide patient care during an air ambulance transport. Rather than keeping with the status quo of the industry, her vision and passion propelled her to start an air ambulance company of her own, so as to make a difference in the lives of her patients while surpassing industry standards.

Denise co-founded the company with a retired Air Force pilot, and in 2004 AirCARE1 became a reality. Shortly thereafter, the company performed its first flight out of Albuquerque, New Mexico with a leased Learjet 35A. Her dramatically different approach of combining stellar medical care with holistic methods was quickly recognized by physicians, nurses, and case managers as a more compassionate and medically effective way to transport patients over long distances. In less than two years the company opened another base of operations in Phoenix, Arizona to meet the increased requests from her clients.

AirCARE1 achieved many milestones over the next decade, including purchasing a fleet of company-owned aircraft, successfully attaining their own FAA Part 135 operating certificate, and obtaining highly coveted dual accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) and the European Air Medical Institute (EURAMI). They are the preferred provider of many travel assist and insurance companies, and their crew training and education programs are second to none. Those milestones provide the foundation for delivering the highest quality medical care for their patients in a safe and comfortable flight environment.

In 2014, Denise bought out her business partner, establishing AirCARE1 as a 100% woman-owned company certified by the Woman’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

AirCARE1 has continued to grow through its expansion into Commercial Medical Escorts. This service provides the ability to transport non-critical patients on commercial airliners throughout the world, while continuing to provide the excellent level of medical care, holistic techniques, and compassion for which AirCARE1 has become known.

Throughout the years, AirCARE1 has safely transported thousands of patients via air ambulance and commercial medical escorts to domestic and international locations, and has earned a reputation as one of the most trusted providers in the air ambulance industry worldwide.