Project Wingman

Brighter Futures Great Western Airlines are delighted to have joined Project Wingman. We are so pleased to be part of this amazing initiative working with staff from British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United, Easy Jet and Jet2 to bring a first class wellbeing lounge to all our hard working staff.

Project Wingman is a group of airline crew from across every UK airline, united by their profession and dedicated to serving the NHS staff during the COVID-19 crisis. They provide a space to unwind, de-compress and destress before, during and after hospital shifts.

Since NHS workers give first class treatment to patients, the ‘First Class Lounges’ are a way of giving NHS staff the treatment they deserve.

Furloughed, grounded, or made redundant by the COVID-19 crisis, aircrew have found themselves in unexpected circumstances of having the skills and time to help those most in need of a smile.

Crew are all trained in human factors and how to communicate with colleagues who are in stressful situations. Like the NHS they understand what it is like to operate in a highly disciplined, regulated and pressured environment.

Whether it’s talking to a cabin crew member about their travels, or being handed a cup of tea by a pilot, the uniformed and dedicated airline crew are putting smiles on the faces of NHS workers across the country.

This temporary lounge at the Great Western will bring a lot of cheer during the COVID19 pandemic offering our staff teas, coffees and snacks during their break and at the end of their shifts.