Guide dogs train to help their users on flights

Good dogs: A crew member and a volunteer posing with the guide dogs next to an aircraft simulation cabin in Dalian. — China Daily/ANN

Dalian: A charity project to support guide dogs’ training on aircraft was launched in Dalian, Northeast Liaoning province.

Accompanied by crew members, three guide dogs and their users conducted adaptive training at an Airbus A320 simulation cabin at China Southern Airlines Dalian subsidiary in Dalian city.

It’s a new situation for guide dog service.

“It fills in the blanks of training in flight scenarios,” said Wang Xin, a trainer for the Dalian-based China Guide Dog Training Centre.

According to Wang, a guide dog needs to train with its potential user before it is delivered to the visually impaired person.

Since November 2019, volunteers from China Southern Airlines Dalian subsidiary have taken them to an aircraft simulator to experience cabin service in advance and introduce the boarding process.

So far, 16 guide dogs and their users have participated in the training.

China Southern Airlines’ Dalian subsidiary became the first in China to allow in-cabin transport of guide dogs for domestic airlines in May 2007. — China Daily/ANN

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