PHOTO: Just one of the many designs of Delta’s new uniforms. (Photos courtesy of Delta Air Lines)
Can airline employee uniforms be sleek, hip, stylish and functional at the same time? Delta Air Lines is about to find out.
The Atlanta-based carrier unveiled its much anticipated new uniform collection on Tuesday, designed by famed New York fashion guru Zac Posen and inspired by ideas from employees. The uniforms will be worn by more than 60,000 of the airline’s frontline employees, including customer service agents, flight attendants, ramp agents and technicians.
On its website, Delta described the uniform collection as a “contemporary line (that) fuses together bold color palettes and classic styles, while paying homage to the heritage and iconic design from decades past to elevate the look and brand of Delta employees.”
Translation for the fashion-intolerant?
Well, put it this way – if you were walking down the street instead of an airport you probably wouldn’t think a man in a snappy, gray three-piece suit nor a woman in a bright, plum-colored dress were pilots or flight attendants or customer service agents.
Yeah, they’re that cool.
“The world’s best employees deserve the best uniforms and this new collection is classically influenced, yet modern,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a statement. “Zac and the Delta team worked closely with our people to create timeless and fashionable pieces that reflect the thoughtful and innovative spirit of Delta. … It was clear early on that Zac embodied the innovative design sense, passion and hands-on involvement to create for our employees and our brand a uniform that truly sets Delta apart.”
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Beginning in December and into early 2017, a dedicated team of 1,000 employees will ‘wear-test’ the uniforms. From there, adjustments and tweaks will be made based on employee feedback before the uniforms roll out to Delta workers worldwide in the first quarter of 2018.
Delta last updated its uniform collection for above wing employees, including flight attendants and airport customer service agents, in 2006.
“We wanted Delta employees to look glamorous on the job without sacrificing functionality and style,” said Posen. “I worked alongside employees to understand how they interact with the clothes they wear and developed a look that empowers and excites, because we want Delta’s global workforce to exude the confidence and thoughtfulness that reflects the airline’s brand.”
Delta said that some of the items in the lineup for flight attendants and customer service agents include a feminine Passport Plum V-neck dress, peplum sweater, wrap dress, ottoman skirt suit and swing jacket.
For men, a Groundspeed Graphite three-piece suit, Passport Plum crew neck sweater and widget-printed tie, among other pieces. For technical employees working on the airport ramp or in Delta’s TechOps division, a mid-layer sweater, three-in-one ANSI jacket and rapid-dry polo shirt are among the lineup.
Yup, that sounds like a fashion show down a different kind of aisle.