In the rare event of unruly passengers, Hong Kong Airlines' cabin crew know just the trick. The airline has revealed that all operational flight attendants are now fully Wing Chun martial arts trained, since the initiative was launched in March 2011.
The Wing Chun training is compulsory for all of the airline's cabin crew members. It aims to promote inner balance and core strength, needed for the rigors of the job, and enables them to deal with any potential challenges. Primarily taught as self defense, the moves are designed to be accomplished in a restrictive space – like on board an aircraft.
As well as the obvious safety benefits, Wing Chun, the only form of martial arts created by a woman; enhances general well being and reinforces physical health and mental wellness.
Yang Jian Hong, President for Hong Kong Airlines, stated: “We are very proud to celebrate the completion of Wing Chun martial arts training across all of our operational flight attendants. Aside from the obvious physical, mental and safety benefits, this demonstrates our commitment to delivering exception passenger service. The initiative has proved so popular with our flight attendants that we are now offering the training to our internal staff."
Each cabin crew member must complete a three hour training course before they operate on their first flight. Flight attendants train in their uniforms to prepare them for real life situations.
The first ever all Club Class Hong Kong Airlines service between London and Hong Kong launched on 8 March 2012. Return fares from London Gatwick cost from £1,900 for Club Classic; and £2,850 for Club Premier, including taxes and charges. Bookings can be made with any ATOL registered travel agent, calling Hong Kong Airlines Reservations on 0844 371 8393, or online at www.hongkongairlines.com.
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