British Airways has unveiled a new uniform collection that allows woman flight attendants to wear pants and hijabs.
The first uniform redesign in 20 years, developed by Ozwald Boateng, will allow women flight attendants to choose between trousers, skirts, dresses, and hijab and tunic uniform.
Women working in check-in can also wear jumpsuits, and the airline intends to offer this option to flight attendants by the middle of the year.
“Our current uniform was introduced in 2004, so it’s time for a change,” a British Airway spokesperson told AeroTime, “Introducing a new uniform allows us to further demonstrate our position as a contemporary, modern brand representing the best of British design.”
The new collection has redesigned uniforms for over 30,000 employees and includes special features to better serve their staff.
During the uniform trial period, woman crew members’ feedback led to the inclusion of larger pockets on aprons to allow for more storage during meal services.
The collection also includes tool pockets in engineers’ uniforms and touch screen gloves for ground handlers, in response to feedback from staff.
Apart from meeting the needs of its employees, the uniforms are made of 90% sustainable fabric, and old uniforms will be recycled or donated as part of the airline’s environmental commitment.
British Airways isn’t the only European airline to modernize its uniforms.
In 2021, female flight attendants at Ukraine’s SkyUp Airlines switched women flight attendants’ skirts and heels for pants and sneakers as part of the airline’s newly reformed dress code.