The national carrier, Air India, has got a makeover of sorts. While retaining the traditional saree as part of the cabin crew uniform, the airline introduced kurtis, churidars and trousers to give a more contemporary look to its flight attendants.
The new cabin crew uniform was launched on Tuesday.
HT had first reported in January last year that the airline had asked the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) to design new uniforms for its crew.
“The uniform has been efficaciously designed considering the legacy of Air India, incorporating its Sun logo and the traditional designs with the help of NIFT,” a senior official said.
Air India cabin crew with their new uniforms.
“Apart from the saree, the female cabin crew would attire the Indian kurti as well as western uniform, which has been stitched by Siyaram. The Indian and western uniform has the Sun Logo as its prominent feature,” the official added.
The female uniform fabric is of 100% silk and is manufactured by renowned silk houses such as Karnataka Silk House, Bajaj Silks and Mahalaxmi Silk.
“The male cabin crew uniforms are designed considering the latest trends and in line with world’s best airline crew uniforms. The male uniform ties have been carefully designed to complement the female uniform print which has Air India name and logo design,” said another senior official.
The airline has retained the practice of allowing the male cabin crew to stitch their uniforms with the tailors of their choice.
Cabin crew, sources said, have already received their initial quota of two sets of all the different types of uniforms that is Indian sarees, kurtis and formal Western wear. The crew has informed that the full transition is to be completed by the end of the month.