Virgin Launches Flying Without Fear Course

Virgin Atlantic is pleased to announce the relaunch of its Flying Without Fear programme in July 2003.  Virgin Atlantic in association with FWF Limited offer one day courses throughout the year, aimed at teaching sufferers how to overcome their fear.  The new course schedule has been developed to include an optional 45 minute flight at the end of the day.


Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Atlantic commented:


“We are delighted to announce this revamped Flying Without Fear course.  Based on six years of experience the course organisers have further improved our successful formula. 


“Giving people the chance to overcome their fear of flying opens the doors to a world full of fascinating destinations that they can travel to with confidence.”


The one day course begins with a session with a Virgin Atlantic captain who runs through detailed information regarding aircraft functions, noises and safety to help attendees gain an understanding of how the aircraft operates.  The afternoon session is led by David Landau, a well known psychotherapist, who has made appearances on national TV and radio.  He talks in depth about fears and phobias and teaches the skills to help people learn to control their fears, preparing them for the flight.

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Following this, participants have the opportunity to go on a 45 minute flight.  This is a brand new addition to the programme.  The aircraft used are Boeing 737s that have been chartered specifically for the course.  The participants are accompanied on the flight by Virgin Atlantic captains, cabin crew and ground staff, who can support them and help alleviate any fears.
The day ends with a post-flight debrief and participants will receive a free CD/tape specially compiled by David Landau.  They will also be presented with certificates to mark their achievement signed by Sir Richard Branson.
What distinguishes the Virgin Atlantic’s ‘Flying Without Fear’ programme from other courses is the aftercare that participants will receive.  After the course, if participants take a flight with Virgin Atlantic, the Virgin Atlantic Special Assistance department will be onhand to help with special requirements tailored specifically to their needs or anxieties regarding the flight.  In addition to this there is a ‘Flying Without Fear’ channel available onboard the aircraft, which is narrated by David Landau, who provides a familiar voice to help relax the passenger.
Paul Tizzard, Director of FWF Limited said:


“We are delighted to be introducing the new Fear of Flying course.  Since the course began six years ago, it has had some amazing results with a success rate in excess of 95%.” 
The new series of Flying Without Fear programmes for 2003 start on Sunday 27 July 2003 and will take place at a venue near Gatwick Airport.  There are a further three dates planned for the rest of the year.  The inclusive day course costs £199 plus VAT.  For bookings and enquiries please contact 01423 714900.
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