There is less oxygen in the air in an aircraft cabin in the same way that there is less at altitude when climbing a mountain.
Passengers with cardiac and respiratory conditions may need supplemental oxygen during a flight even if it is not needed on the ground.
Many, but not all airlines are able to supply oxygen for medical passengers when it is envisaged that it may be needed. The emergency aircraft supply cannot be used, so specific oxygen cylinders must be loaded and these must be arranged in advance.
The airlines require a notice period which may be up to 7days. There is usually a fee levied by the airline for this service.
If a passenger is waiting for oxygen to become available from an airline the delay can incur significant costs, especially if the passenger is in an overseas hospital.
Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Oxygen concentrators offer an alternative means of supplying extra oxygen but are not offered as a service by airlines.
They have the advantage of being able to be utilised on airlines that cannot offer supplemental oxygen services and when there is an inordinate delay in being able to obtain it from those that do.
We can supply the oxygen using a Portable Oxygen Concentrator so that a medical passenger can fly immediately. This reduces overseas daily costs in a hospital or hotel.