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Take a look at British Airways’ new cabin crew uniforms – its first revamp in 20 years

British Airways' new uniformsBy the end of the summer, more than 30,000 staff will be wearing the airline’s new uniform.

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  • British Airways has released photos of its new uniform, the first revamp in almost 20 years.
  • It includes a jumpsuit for women as well as a hijab and tunic option.
  • By the end of the summer, more than 30,000 of the airline’s staff will be wearing the uniform.
British Airways has just unveiled its new uniform, which the carrier says is its first revamp in close to 20 years.British Airways' new uniforms

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By the end of summer, more than 30,000 staff will be wearing the uniform, it said Friday. Engineers and ground-operation agents will switch from spring, while cabin crew, pilots, and check-in agents will start wearing it in the summer.British Airways' new uniforms

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The new uniform includes a jumpsuit for womenBritish Airways' new uniforms

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… as well as a hijab and tunic option. Men will also be able to pick regular or slim trousers.British Airways' new uniforms

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Some items, including jackets, t-shirts, buttons, and ties, feature an airwave pattern “inspired by the movement of air over an aircraft wing,” British Airways said.British Airways' new uniforms

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British Airways said designer Ozwald Boateng started developing the collection in 2018 “with painstaking care.” Throughout the process he took feedback from more than 1,500 staff, including testing whether items are easy to care for and resilient to extreme weather.British Airways' new uniforms

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Engineers, for example, asked for easy-access tool pockets for when they’re working on aircraft, while ground handlers asked for touch-screen technology fabric in their gloves for use in cold weather. British Airways also widened the pockets on cabin crew’s aprons so that they had more storage space, following feedback on prototypes.British Airways' new uniforms

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More than 90% of the garments are produced using sustainable fabric from blends of recycled polyester, British Airways said.British Airways' new uniforms

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Old uniforms will be donated to charity, recycled, or given to the airline’s museum, the carrier said.British Airways staff await the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II for a visit to the British Airways headquarters to mark their centenary year at Heathrow Airport on May 23, 2019 in London, England.British Airways staff in 2019, wearing the current uniform.

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British Airways’ announcement comes as other airlines revamp their uniforms to become more inclusive, breaking away from the industry’s history of strict dress codes like a ban on tattoos and certain piercings. Virgin Atlantic in September removed the requirement for staff to wear gendered uniform, and British Airways said in November that all employees could wear mascara, false eyelashes, and earrings.Virgin Atlantic staff in uniforms

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