Hong Kong Airlines crew taught martial arts

12 Apr 2012 by BusinessTraveller

Cabin crew on Hong Kong Airlines flights are being trained in Wing Chun, a martial art discipline said to “enhance general well-being and reinforce physical health and mental wellness”.

Hong Kong Airlines recently launched all-business class flights to London (for a review of the service click here), and premium passengers should be aware that Wing Chun training is compulsory for all cabin crew.

All attendants must complete a three-hour training course before operating their first flight, with Hong Kong Airlines saying that the training “aims to promote inner balance and core strength, needed for the rigours of the job, and enables [cabin crew] to deal with any potential challenges”.

Wikipedia describes Wing Chun as “a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defence utilising both striking and grappling while specialising in close-range combat”, and Hong Kong Airlines says that its moves are “designed to be accomplished in a restrictive space – like on board an aircraft”.

For more information visit, and for images of the carrier's Club Premier and Club Classic seating, taken at the carrier’s launch event at Gatwick last month, click here.

Report by Mark Caswell

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