Jumpsuit introduced in BA uniform revamp

A jumpsuit is being introduced as part of a new range of uniforms for British Airways staff.

The collection, created by British fashion designer and tailor Ozwald Boateng, will be worn by more than 30,000 of the airline’s employees from the spring.

It includes 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’, described as an airline first. 

A tunic and hijab option has also been created for the carrier.

More than 90% of the garments are produced using sustainable fabric from blends of recycled polyester.

Engineers and ground operations agents will be first to wear the new uniform. 

All cabin crew, pilots and check-in agents will have a switch over date from their current uniform to the new one in summer 2023. 

Boateng shadowed a number of airport roles to understand how the uniform needed to perform for each job.

The uniform has been tested over the last six months in secret trials. 

Cabin and flight crew uniforms have been put through their paces on cargo flights across Europe while engineers have been secretly wearing the new uniforms while maintaining aircraft out of sight in Manchester and Cotswold airports.

More than 1,500 staff took part in 50 workshops to help ensure the  suitability of the uniform, from design workshops to prototype feedback and garment trials.

As they pick up their new items of uniform, they’ll hand in their existing 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.

BA chief executive Sean Doyle said: “Our uniform is an iconic representation of our brand, something that will carry us into our future, representing the very best of modern Britain and helping us deliver a great British original service for our customers. 

“From the very start this has been about our people. We wanted to create a uniform collection that our people are proud to wear and with the help of over 1,500 colleagues, we are confident that we have delivered this.”

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