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Fashionable Airline Uniforms

Fashionable Airline Uniforms

“This is your captain speaking. We’ll be landing in 10 minutes. Local time is 3:45 p.m., and the temperature is 73 degrees. Oh, and did I mention how hip I look?”

airline uniformsNow that Virgin Atlantic’s Richard Branson has hired British punk fashion designer Vivienne Westwood to redesign the airline’s uniforms, staff will soon be looking fly. Pun fully intended.

Virgin Atlantic’s uniforms haven’t had an upgrade in more than a decade, and, according to Branson, the founder and chairman of Virgin Group, other airlines are copying his airline’s fashion sense.

Beginning next year, the Westwood-Virgin collaboration will outfit Virgin Atlantic’s 7,500 staff, including pilots, flight attendants, and other employees.

The airline uniforms will be “futuristic” and made out of “eco fabrics,” according to Virgin Atlantic. The men’s suits will consist of tailored 3-piece suits made of rich, burgundy wool. Women’s uniforms will have an “hourglass silhouette.”

What do you think of the plan? Is it high-time the airline industry took its fashion up a notch? Or do you prefer simple uniforms without the extra flair? For more about the uniforms, check out the full article on nymag.com.

Editors Note

You can take a look at the finished uniforms here.

Jim Hoddenbach has channeled his dual passion for aviation and photography into two successful businesses and a lifetime of amazing memories. As an A&P IA Mechanic with 30 years of experience, Jim has provided decades of dependable, professional, and quality work through Aero Services to his fellow aviators at the Skypark Airport. Jim also founded Canyon Air Photo with fellow pilot and friend Steve Durtschi, providing their keen eye and amazing aerial photography skills for hire. Jim's excellent photography is often on display along with his engaging articles. A Certified Flight Instructor, Multi Engine Instructor, fixed wing and rotorcraft pilot, and husband and father, Jim never stops working to improve his life, and the lives of those around him. Jim is a true Disciple of Flight.