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From Polyester Prints to Pool Blue: Hawaiian Airlines' Uniforms Through History

June 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM | by | ()

Two vintage uniforms with the current one (at right)

"Today we united the two best cities in the country—New York and Honolulu. We'll have you on the beach, Mai Tai in hand, on the same day."

These words come from Mr. Mark Dunkerley, CEO of Hawaiian Airlines and the smilingest person last night at the party to celebrate the start of the airline's first flight between JFK and HNL. Of course he'd say this, since it's not only his airline, but his party and his Airbus A330-220 widebody that'll be zipping tropics-minded passengers on the long 10-hour flight.

Still, the start of this route marks a historic occasion for the airline and JFK airport, since Hawaiian has been around since 1929 and never before pulled their purple tail in a gate in the Big Apple. Now you'll be able to find the purple tail sticking out from the field of blue at JetBlue's T5 at JFK.

Celebrations last night in Manhattan included hula performances, tastings of Hawaiian cuisine, fruity cocktails (of course) and—the highlight of the evening—a flight attendant fashion show, airing out Hawaiian Airlines uniforms from over the decades.

See our photo gallery above for the fashion show, but do note the progression of styles and then eventual coming-full-circle back to conservative, after going crazy with prints and polyester from the 1960s through the 1990s.

Want to get in on the Hawaiian Airlines launch fun? Pay attention to their Twitter account (Hawaiian Air as their reps party it up with promotions in the city as well as promotional online fares.

Our favorite looks!

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]

Archived Comments:

Bottom Dress, Left Side

Can we buy it? I'd rock that in a second.


RIGHT?! Those colors are so ON. I'd say watch for it at an Old Navy soon. Seems like something they'd knock off in a second.