Tuesday, June 25, 2013

PHOTOS: United Airlines employees debut new uniforms... what do you think?

United Airlines unveils its new employee uniforms [Photo: United Airlines]
More and more airlines seem to be launching new-look uniforms at the moment.

Back in April, for example, Qantas unveiled its first uniform revamp for 10 years, created by Australian designer Martin Grant (click here for photos and video). Soon afterwards, illustrations of Virgin Atlantic's new uniform, designed by Vivienne Westwood, appeared in the media (click here to view them). And now… its United Airlines’ turn!

Tens of thousands of United Airlines employees worldwide - including flight attendants, customer service agents, technical operations and ramp workers - begin wearing newly designed uniforms today, the first time members of these work groups will wear similarly styled uniforms.

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More than 64,000 United employees will debut the garments, which feature accents of blue, gold, silver and gray. I’ve included some photos on this page… what do you think? Feel free to leave your comments below – and don’t forget to subscribe to The Aviation Writer’s FREE newsletter to keep updated with the latest aviation news, photos, videos and more. Click here to sign up!

"The new uniforms project a contemporary, sophisticated look that reflects the modern airline we're building," said Jeff Foland, United's executive vice president - marketing, technology and strategy. "With significant feedback from our uniformed co-workers, we've designed pieces that are professional, stylish and functional."

United pilots will begin wearing newly designed uniforms later this year in the traditional midnight blue color with gold stripes and accents. Other uniform design concepts include:

    United Airlines unveils its new employee uniforms [Photo: United Airlines]
  • Flight Attendants: The uniform includes a core wardrobe of black trousers, skirts, sweaters, vests and blazers with two rows of silver braid on the sleeves. Female flight attendants will also wear sweaters, vests, short sleeve jackets and two styles of dresses, including a signature blue dress with a black stripe detail. Outerwear for male and female flight attendants includes a black all-season coat and an optional gray double-breasted wool coat.
  • Customer Service Agents: The uniform includes a wardrobe of black blazers, trousers, sweaters, vests and skirts. Agents will also wear colored shirts and distinctive neckwear that vary depending on their job responsibilities.
  • Ramp, Cargo and Technical Operations: The uniform offers flexibility, comfort and durability for year round comfort. Employees will wear work shirts, polo shirts and T-shirts made with breathable and flexible fabric. The pants, shorts and coveralls for both men and women feature a soft, brushed fabric. Outerwear for ramp, cargo and technical operations workers includes a three-piece system consisting of a zip-up fleece-lined vest, jacket and waterproof outer shell. The uniform also includes waterproof wind pants, hooded sweatshirts, baseball caps and knit caps.

19 comments :

  1. Juditha-Jade ParkinsonJune 26, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Chic, elegant and professional. I love them.

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  2. What a bad taste! American one!

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  3. Not to be trite, but I suggest that United would be far better off to concentrate on fixing their massive internal and customer service issues. Changing uniforms and making a fuss about it is akin to painting a trash can and pretending it doesn't smell anymore because of the paint job.

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  4. Pretty bland.

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  5. Just spoke to my friends at LHR station and the general comment is that it looks out of place who was the bright spark? to dress everyone in Light blue shirts , its not a Cocktail party in Las Vegas.....Great thinking at United HQ.

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  6. Snooze-fest. They look like you could go into any shopping center and pull the suits off the rack.

    They need a little... something. Splash of color or something to signify the personality of the company. I think Qantas did it much better. Same business atmosphere but distinctively airline centric.

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  7. Looks like Delta

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  8. Good to see a traditional and professional look! Will help build UA's brand.

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  9. It is pretty obvious that when these uniforms were designed that they were not tested for extremely warm conditions. They are very uncomfortable to wear.

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  10. Somewhat appears traditional,not modern enough - looks a bit heavy and dull wear. Not an eye catcher like Kuwentazu QF!

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  11. Margarita GalantiniJune 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    I agree Dominic. I preferred the uniforms we used to dress when we were Continental Airlines!!!! Those news are nothing special same color as most of airlines

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  12. A big YES! They look professional. Very smart dress.

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  13. Elegante uniformele cabin crew....Tinuta impecabila.....Zimbetul frendly....

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  14. Shawn David WhiteJune 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Terrible!

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  15. They are following Etihad... http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8520/8497765066_98baaae74c_c.jpg

    Almost same color for men's uniform.

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    1. Thats where I saw them last week. Etihad !!!!

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  16. I like it! definitely better than Virgin!

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  17. New? pfft, i seen look alike uniform in stores anywhere, nothing new here

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