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If you're planning to fly on China's cheapy carrier, Spring Airlines, the person welcoming you at the aircraft door could be a maid or butler. No, the low-cost carrier isn't upping their game with white glove service in the skies, but they are having a little fun.
Spring called upon their fans via their Facebook page to suggest themes for flight attendant costumes, the post was accompanied by a young lady attired like a french maid. Some people took it seriously, offering up themes like traditional Chinese Opera, schoolgirl outfits and Star Wars as themes, others found it pretty offensive.
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
The year was 1984 and the place was London-Gatwick International Airport. A 747-200 named "Maiden Voyager" taxied on the tarmac for a virgin flight to Newark, on a virgin airline. The airline's name? Virgin, or, well, Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin's flight attendants weren't yet known for their cherry red lips, or their scarlet pencil skirts and chic up-dos, but they were on their way.
Fast forward to today, as Virgin Atlantic continues to fly 747sthe fleet and destination list are much larger nowand they're again ready to show a fresh face with new flight crew uniforms designed by Vivienne Westwood.
When flight attendants score some new uniforms—or some new shoes—we are usually all excited about it. However, this is unfortunately not the case with Alaska Airlines and the new shirts, pants, and skirts they’ve been passing out to those who work the aisles high in the sky.
The new uniforms have been kicking around since 2011, but ever since their release there have ben some interesting comments regarding the level of comfort they provide. Apparently flight attendants have been a little itchy, scratchy, and generally rash-y after receiving these new company issued clothes. The Association of Flight Attendants, which represents plenty of the airline’s crewmembers, is now speaking out as well, as they’re thinking that these new threads are responsible for hair loss and other not too great allergic reactions.
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Over the last few years, there's been a rash of fashion designers teaming up with travel brands to smarten up the employees with new, name-brand and specially designed uniforms. It hearkens back to the partnership of Braniff Airlines and Emilio Pucci, and these days we think of the Delta Richard Tyler uniforms or the Ted Baker suits and DC shoes at The Hotel on Rivington, but who says that trains can't get into the game as well? France's SNCF trains are proving that they can be stylish as well, since some 20,000 of their train system employees will don new duds from French haute couture designer Christian Lacroix in the next few months.
The new suits, pictured above, are "gray and purple and include blouses, skirts and jackets for women, and pants, jackets and striped shirts for men." We remember back in 2006 when the TGV and Tézo trains got his designer treatment for their interiors, but it's about time that the whole system saw some purple.
The economy has not been kind to Monsieur Lacroix however, since he's recently been reduced to a licensing operation and the haute couture shut down. Good thing he's always got his travel partnerships to fall back on, because he's kind of a veteran at this thing, having designed uniforms for Air France and the interior of Paris' Hotel du Petit Moulin. Now he just needs to design new, funky Velib bikes and a Renault, and he'll have a monopoly on French travel fashion.
The uniforms were introduced in 2005 and let's just say they were badly needed. Korean Air keeps an entire Uniform Fashion History on their website and the ones worn from 1991-2004 were well, so very early 90s with a few leftovers from the late 80s.
But today's uniforms, envisioned by Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre, feature a choice of either skirt or pants in consideration with the FA's "active cabin duties." Here's how Korean Air describes their stylistic goal:
During the development of this attire, the largest emphasis was placed on attaining harmony between modern global fashion appeal with a foundation of Korea's traditional and inherent beauty. While elegant and refined, the uniform is also comfortable, distinguished by its ergonomic design and the use of practical and supple fabrics.
We mostly just love the pretty blue color that they use, which was actually incorporated into the uniforms of 1973. Now, where can we buy these outfits for ourselves?
Yesterday we were participating in some research at Los Angeles International Airport around the baggage claim at Terminal 4 which aside from being home to domestic airlines like American, is also a part of the airport's international terminal.
While we were there, three young ladies in stylish khacki trench coats with adorable little bows in their perfectly coiffed buns caught our attention. We've seen these international flight attendant uniforms before but we were never quite sure what airline they worked for. We now know the answer but do you? Hint: The answer lies in the hair bows.
Do you know the airline that puts their flight attendants in such pretty outfits with cute hair decorations? Put your guesses in comments below. We'll reveal the answer tomorrow.