was established by physical entities in 1991 with primary objective to perform helicopter emergency medical service (EMS) in the Poprad region, namely in the High Tatra Mountains. In the same year the company started to pursue activities in the field of special aerial Works (logging, liming, construction and assembly works and aerial Works in agriculture).
It employs more than 100 people in its headquarters in Poprad and in operational centers in Bratislava, Nitra, Trencin, Zilina, Banska Bystrica, Kosice, Olomouc and Ostrava.
January 2021 – starting the operation of Air Rescue Service in Moravskosliezsky Region in the Czech Republic with EC 135 helicopter.
March 2021 – the part-task trainer for hoist operation placed in the Poprad base hangar was introduced to air rescuers´ “life”.
June 2021 – in the Poprad-Tatry Airport Park – ATE placed the skeleton of Agusta A109K2 helicopter, which completed its emergency air mission in 2020, for the wide public.
The AIR-TRANSPORT EUROPE Company agent Mr. Milan Hoholik was awarded the Prize for Life´s Work in Golden Wings public enquiry – National Prize of the Slovak Republic Airforce on September 5, 2021. Mr. Milan Hoholik is one of founders and fans of aviation who was at the birth of ATE Company and who has merit in the existence of helicopter emergency service in Slovakia for over 30 years continuously.
In competitive tendering of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic for operation of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service bases the ATE Company defended its position on all 7 bases in Slovakia and became their operator for the next 6 years.
Based on the competition of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic the ATE Company defended its position of helicopter Air Rescue Service operator in the Olomouc Region and at the same time acquired into its field of action another Czech base – Air Rescue Service of the Moravskosliezsky Region (Ostrava).
Open Door Day in Žilina - newly built Krištof 06 in Žilina was presented to the general public in September.
The HEMS pilot Eng. Stanislav Hudec was at the Rescue Day Conference in February 2018 listed on the Rescue Gallery of Honour.
Bell 429 helicopter crashed on 7/9/2016 late evening during a rescue mission near the village of Strelniky. Unfortunately all three crew members and 38 year old patient died during the accident. Pilot Ing. Ján Rušin, medical doctor Patrícia Krajňáková and paramedic František Bartoš were the crew members.
To satisfy the demand for international business flights, the company has enlarged its fleet by second business jet Cessna Citation 550 Bravo. In 2015 operates ATE two business jets Citation Bravo OM-ATN and OM-ATS for both medical and business flights. The aircraft Cessna Citation 560 Encore sold the company to US customer.
The company AIR-TRANSPORT EUROPE, Helicopter Emergency Medical Service operator, became the regular member of ICAR-CISA in Åre, Sweden, at the Congress of International Commission for Air Rescue. By this step the Slovak air rescuers have joined 63 rescue organizations from 33 countries all over the world that are already the members of this professional association.
Opening of a new hangar and headquarters of the VZZS Košice - Krištof 04 station in the premises of the University Hospital L. Pasteur in Košice.
April 2011 - The company AIR-TRANSPORT EUROPE celebrated 20th anniversary of its establishment.
In order to improve the quality of provided services ATE has expanded its fleet by another rescue helicopters Agusta A109K2 (OM–ATJ, OM-ATK).
On the basis of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic License for Operation of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service bases ATE took over the operation at HEMS at Žilina (located in the area of Teaching Hospital with Polyclinic) on November 9, 2009.
ATE opened another HEMS base at the airport at Trenčín on December 10, 2009.
The first night technical rescue mission using the hoist in high-mountain terrain in the history of Slovak aviation implemented.
HEMS ATE has started an intensive cooperation with members of the Tatra Mountain Rescue Service – volunteer group (TMRS VG).
Signing of contract for purchase of two twin engine helicopters “Grand light” with option for another two helicopters during the air show at Farnborough in Great Britain.
The first night emergency mission in high-mountain terrain performed using night vision goggles in the Western Tatra Mountains.
The new rescue system Rollgliss is being introduced. The new rescue technique is taken over by Helicopter Emergency Medical Service ATE from the Swiss rescue organization REGA that is successfully applying this technique in the Alps.
The list of superior-quality Helicopter Emergency Medical Service bases was completed with the base at Banská Bystrica. The fourth A109 K2 helicopter of the company AIR - TRANSPORT EUROPE was stationed there.
The company started to use giant aircraft of Ukrainian made An-124 “Ruslan” for transportation of over-sized cargo.
The first EMS helicopter in the company – French SA 316B Alouette III – was introduced to operation on the base of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service at Poprad.
ATE introduced to operation Polish helicopters Mi-2 and also helicopters Mi-8T and Mi-8P for special aerial works.