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Article from BTNews 1 JUNE 2020

Project Wingman

Airline crews continue to help.

In spite of the job uncertainly caused by Covid-19 a group of airline crew from across every UK carrier is uniting to help NHS staff during the pandemic. Project Wingman provides a space to unwind, de-compress and destress before, during and after hospital shifts.

Since NHS workers give first class treatment to their patients, ‘First Class Lounges’ is the way airline staff are putting their experience to good use.

Furloughed, grounded or made redundant by the crisis, aircrew find themselves in the unexpected circumstances of having the skills and time to help those most in need of a smile.

Airline staff, flight deck included, are all trained in human factors and how to communicate with colleagues who are in stressful situations. Rather like medics they too work in a highly disciplined, regulated and pressured environment.

One time RAF Flying Officer and England rugby cap Rory Underwood had this to say.    “What a fantastic idea the Project Wingman Foundation is. To hear about the thousands of furloughed Airline Crew volunteers who are supporting the NHS in a multitude of ways is another inspirational example of the quality of people, not only within the aviation industry, but also in our society. Thank you for all that you are doing to assist our NHS heroes in this time of need.”

www.projectwingman.co.uk

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