Brace yourselves: BA to help 50,000th nervous flyer


July 20, 2015 – While many in the aviation industry are comfortable with flying, even during turbulent periods, the chances are many of us know someone who is nervous – or even downright scared – of flying. To help such nervous flyers conquer their fears so they can set off and conquer the world, many airlines offer some form of counselling or training. One such airline is British Airways, whose Flying with Confidence course is set to help its 50,000th customer beat their fear of flying at the next course at London Heathrow on July 26, 2015.

The popular course for nervous flyers, which has been running for nearly 30 years, is run by experienced British Airways pilots and cabin crew. After overcoming their fears on the course, customers automatically qualify for a 10% discount on their next British Airways flight for up to nine people in any cabin class.

Flying with Confidence course instructor, Captain Steve Allright, said: “It’s always fantastic to hear back from people who have just booked their dream holiday abroad for the first time. By coming on the course people have made the decision to take control, which is a great first step.

“As crew we are always keen to share our expertise and love of flying with anyone who wants our help, whether on a course or on a British Airways flight. We’re incredibly proud to be able to say we have helped 50,000 people achieve their goal and start flying.”

The day starts with a morning session where British Airways pilots explain the technical side of flying, how an aircraft operates and why turbulence is perfectly safe. The afternoon sees participants benefit from expert advice on relaxation techniques and how to manage anxiety by a clinical psychologist.

The course builds to a 45-minute flight on a British Airways aircraft. A British Airways pilot provides a running commentary during the flight, explaining every single sound from the plane, from start to finish.

For more details, visit the Flying with Confidence website.

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