Ireland’s Aer Lingus is to introduce a new uniform from Spring 2019. The new uniform will be designed by the same person responsible for the current uniform, Louise Kennedy.

It’s been 20 years since the current uniform was introduced. I’ve written previously that the current uniform is showing its age and has been looking highly unfashionable for years.

How Important Are Uniforms?

From a passenger point of view, the uniform is one of the most visible parts of the company. Ground staff and cabin crew are quite literally the face of an airline so being able to identify those people is quite important.

One of the few good things about the current Aer Lingus uniforms is the fact that it stands out. You can spot an employee of the airline quite easily in a crowded check-in area which is excellent.

An Old Uniform

Back in 1986, Aer Lingus also introduced new uniforms and RTÉ reported on it on 6 August. That uniform was created by Danish designer Ib Jorgenson and some of the colours are still featured today. Click here to watch a short 3 minute news report on those.

What I found most interesting there is the cape over the shoulders to keep the rain off. Certainly an important item to have in this part of the world, though I could imagine it blowing up and getting people in the face as it’s often windy at airports!

Overall Thoughts

Hallelujah, a new uniform for Aer Lingus! You can see the old uniform screaming to be replaced whenever you spot a group of crew from the Irish airline, so this is going to be a great thing.

While I’m not at all sure about using the same designer again 20 years after the fact, I’ll reserve my judgement until next year. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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All images via Aer Lingus.