The new Aer Lingus cabin crew uniform was finally revealed today and all eyes were on the trousers for female cabin crew, a first for the national airline.
Designer Louise Kennedy spent two years working on the new uniforms with 25 garments launched today in a ‘Kenmare green’ as well as a greater inclusion of ‘Midnight’ navy.
The keenly awaited trousers for female staff come in a smart navy and there is a matching coat and a dress option.
Apart from the sleekly tailored trousers and dress, notable changes to the uniform include new jacket and coat designs for male crew and easy-care shirts and blouses.
For functionality and comfort, materials have a level of stretch and are designed to fit and flatter.
The current uniform, also designed by Louise, stood the test of time and was launched in 1998. The new one was showcased by members of Aer Lingus staff at CHQ today with a runway show and the uniform will go into service next month.
The fabrics came from a number of companies including an Italian mill and the uniforms were manufactured by a French company specialising in uniforms with operations across Europe.
The consultation process included engagement with 4,000-strong workforce of ground staff and cabin crew and is part of the airline’s new identity with new logo and livery.
Louise Kennedy said “the brief from the airline was very clear and we were confident we could deliver a modern and stylish capsule collection which would endure for several years. The results reflect extensive engagement and inputs from the ground and cabin crew members. Importantly, over the past two years, we had constant support from Aer Lingus to remain true to our designs that allowed for more uniform options and the use of innovative fabrics.”
This is the airline’s eleventh uniform, with previous designers including leading Irish fashion names such as Irene Gilbert, Neillí Mulcahy, Digby Morton, Ib Jorgensen and Paul Costello. Aer Lingus’ first-ever uniform was a military-style rich brown suit designed by Sybil Connolly in 1945, which then became green a few years later in 1948.
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