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Sunday 19 January 2020

Higher, higher, pants on flyer - Aer Lingus are the model crew

Designer Louise Kennedy with Aer Lingus cabin crew and staff modelling the new uniform
Designer Louise Kennedy with Aer Lingus cabin crew and staff modelling the new uniform

The new Aer Lingus cabin crew uniform has been revealed - with all eyes on the trousers for female cabin crew.

Designer Louise Kennedy, who has spent two years working on the new uniforms, launched yesterday in a 'Kenmare' green as well as a greater inclusion of 'Midnight' navy.

The eagerly-awaited trousers for female staff - a first for the national airline - come in a smart navy and there is a matching coat and dress option.

Apart from the sleekly tailored trousers and dress, notable changes include new jacket and coat designs for male crew and easy-care shirts and blouses.

For functionality and comfort, materials have a level of stretch and are designed to fit and flatter, the airline says.

The current uniform, also designed by Ms Kennedy, has stood the test of time and was launched in 1998.

Stylish

The new one was showcased by members of Aer Lingus staff at CHQ yesterday with a runway show. The uniform will go into service next month.

The fabrics came from a number of companies, including an Italian mill, and the uniforms were manufactured by a French company specialising in uniforms with operations across Europe.

The consultation process included engagement with the 4,000-strong workforce of ground staff and cabin crew and is part of the airline's new identity with new logo and livery.

"The brief from the airline was very clear and we were confident we could deliver a modern and stylish capsule collection which would endure for several years," said designer Ms Kennedy.

"The results reflect extensive engagement and input from the ground and cabin crew members," she added.

"We had constant support from Aer Lingus to remain true to our designs that allowed for more uniform options and the use of innovative fabrics."

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