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British Airways changes crew uniform for the first time in 20 years

British Airways changes crew uniform for the first time in 20 years
  • British Airways has unveiled a new uniform for the first time in nearly 20 years
  • Designed by British, Ghanaian Savile Row fashion designer and tailor Ozwald Boateng, OBE, Boateng spent time shadowing colleagues in their roles at the airline to create the unique collection
  • More than 1,500 British Airways’ colleagues inputted into the design and testing of the new collection over the last four years, with secret trials in the air and on the ground
  • Boateng has developed unique bespoke fabrics and designs for the collection, taking inspiration from the airline’s people and the experience of flight

Today, British Airways introduced a new look for its crews as it enters a new chapter. More than 30,000 employees of the airline will start wearing the collection of clothes designed by British fashion designer and tailor Ozwald Boateng OBE in the spring of 2023.

The collection features a tailored three-piece suit for men with regular and slim fit style trousers and dress, skirt and trouser options for women, as well as a modern jumpsuit – which is an airline first. A tunic and hijab option has also been created for the global carrier.

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Boateng took great care in designing a truly original collection, taking inspiration from the airline, its people of the art of flying.  The airwave pattern that features across the entire uniform collection including jackets, t-shirts, buttons and ties was inspired by the movement of air over an aircraft wing. The jacquard fabric across all of the tailored garments features a variation of the airline’s iconic speedmarque.

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Sustainability and quality have been front and centre throughout the uniform design process. More than 90% of the garments are produced using sustainable fabric from blends of recycled polyester. As part of British Airways’ BA Better World commitment to work with sustainable suppliers, the airline is only working with manufacturers that are members of the ‘Better Cotton’ initiative, the world’s leading sustainability initiative for cotton, whose mission is to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment.

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The airline’s engineers and ground operations agents will be first to wear the new uniform from Spring 2023. All British Airways’ cabin crew, pilots and check-in agents will have a switch over date from their current uniform to the new one in Summer 2023. As they pick up their new items of uniform, they’ll hand in their Julien MacDonald garments, which will be donated to charity or recycled to create toys, tablet holders and more, with a number of items gifted to the airline’s museum.

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