64,000 Delta employees got new uniforms on May 29 and instead of sending all the old clothing to landfills the airline donated more than 350,000 pounds of clothing to Looptworks to be upcycled and repurposed.
New Zac Posen uniforms for Delta Air Lines
Delta and Looptworks plan to make backpacks, passport covers, messenger and tote bags and other accessories out of those old uniforms and begin selling them in the fall.
Delta Air Lines’ 64,0000 uniformed employees will look different.
It is the new uniforms created by fashion designer Zac Posen and produced by Lands’ End that we’ve been hearing about and now get to see in the sky and in airport terminals being worn by Airport Customer Service, Delta Cargo, In-Flight Service, Ground Support Equipment Maintenance and TechOps employees.
Delta didn’t just give Zac Posen the contract and say “Come back when you’re done.” Here’s the process the airline says it used to get from the old uniforms to here:
A Cross Divisional Uniform Committee made up of 24 employees from each frontline division helped guide the three-year uniform creation and development process
80+ employee focus groups that Zac Posen and Lands’ End teams attended
165+ changes made based on direct employee feedback
73 hours spent collecting data via job shadows by Zac Posen and his design team
52 stations across the globe involved in focus groups and job shadows
1,000 employee wear testers who put the uniform to the test over 3 months and across 5 continents
30,000+ survey responses and emails from employees
64,000 uniformed employees across 300+ stations around the globe
60,000+ Wings and Name Bard handmade in the U.S. by Engage2Excel
200+ show options available via Zappos at Work
3+ years in the making
25,000+ employees fitted
1.2M items were produced for the May 29 launch
Delta’s uniforms used to be navy and red. Now they’re Passport Plum – a shade said to flatter every skin tone – Cruising Cardinal, Groundspeed Graphite, Traveling Thistle and Skyline Slate – and have signature details incorporated such as a collar on the women’s blouse that is inspired by the wing of an airplane, and pockets for passports and pens.
Here’s Delta’s new in-flight safey video, with special appearances by – the new uniforms:
Last week, Fiji’s national airline officially retired its Air Pacific brand and returned to using its original name: Fiji Airways.
In addition to new livery, there are loads of other changes, including a new website, new routes, new airplanes (A330-200s; two of which have already been delivered), and new service classes: Pacific Voyager (economy) and Tabua Class (business) are out; Fiji Airways’ Economy and Fiji Airways’ Business Class are in.
The in-flight crew also has new uniforms.
According to Fiji Aiwarys, the outfits are styled in accordance with the Fijian attire of Sulu Jaba and Bula wear and have aqua colors that contrast well with the earthy brown colors featured in the cabin. The uniforms feature three different masi motifs created by Fijian masi artist Makereta Matemosi: the Qalitoka symbolizes the unity of people to complete a task, Tama symbolizes friendly service and Droe, which means clear blue skies and cool breeze on beaches.
The SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport is currently displaying eighteen United Airlines flight attendant uniforms, some of them dating back to the 1930s.
United Airlines stewardess uniform – with cape. 1930-1932. Courtesy SFO Museum
The exhibit is part of a donation of fifty-five flight attendant uniforms given to the SFO Museum by the United Airlines Historical Foundation and which represent the full history of the airline’s company-issued cabin crew attire.