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A Closer Look At Air India’s New Fashion-Forward Crew Uniforms

Air India, India’s leading global airline, unveiled its much anticipated, brand-new collection of uniforms for cabin and flight crew this week, reflecting the airline’s new brand image.

Air India unveils new uniforms for cabin crew and flight crew aligned with the airline's new brand.
Air India unveils new uniforms for cabin crew and flight crew aligned with the airline’s updated brand. Source: Air India
  • Cabin crew to don Manish Malhotra-designed ombré sarees and bandhgalas
  • New uniforms will debut with Air India’s first Airbus A350 entering commercial service.

Crafted by Indian celebrity couturier Manish Malhotra in his Mumbai atelier, the new uniforms feature rich colors and timeless designs. The collection mirrors a rare, harmonious blend of rich Indian heritage and aesthetics with 21st-century style, elegance, and comfort.

Air India Uniform Reveal Video

Video: Designing Air India’s New Cabin Crew and Flight Crew Uniforms

New Uniforms Premiering on Air India’s First Airbus A350

The new uniforms will be introduced in phases over the next few months, starting with the entry of Air India’s first Airbus A350 into service.

Campbell Wilson, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Air India, said: “Air India’s crew uniforms are amongst the world’s most storied in aviation history, and we firmly believe that Manish Malhotra’s innovative ensemble will script an exciting new chapter for Air India’s future narrative. It perfectly captures the essence of our new identity, service principles, and our pursuit of setting new benchmarks in global aviation.”

Malhotra’s take on modern Indian style complements Air India’s recently unveiled new global brand identity as the flag-bearer of a more confident, progressive, and resurgent new India.

Manish Malhotra said: “I am honored to have been allowed to design the uniforms for Air India. It is a privilege to be able to contribute to the national flag-bearer and showcase the elegance and charm of Indian fashion. My aim was to create uniforms that capture the essence of India’s diverse culture and traditions while also embodying a modern and sophisticated look. By incorporating quintessential hues that are symbolic to India, I hope that these uniforms not only make the crew feel proud but also leave a lasting impression on the guests, representing the warmth and hospitality that India is known for.”

Cabin Crew Uniforms

The female cabin crew of Air India wears a stylish ombré saree with intricate patterns inspired by Indian heritage architecture. The sarees are available in aubergine-to-burgundy for senior cabin crew and vibrant red-to-purple for junior cabin crew. They feature matching blazers. Cabin crew can also pair the ready-to-wear sarees with slacks for added flexibility. These uniforms blend the traditional and modern, creating a unique East-meets-West look.

The ombré sarees, designed by Malhotra, exemplify his love for traditional attire and gradients. The color palette includes deep red, burgundy, aubergine, and accents of gold, paying homage to India’s rich cultural heritage. These well-fitting uniforms allow the female cabin crew to comfortably perform their in-flight duties.

The male cabin crew wears practical and comfortable black Brogues. The female cabin crew has dual-tone (black and burgundy) block heels. Pearl earrings and sling bags complete the ensemble for the female cabin crew. These carefully crafted outfits reflect the grace and poise synonymous with Air India.

New Uniforms For Air India Flight Crew

The flight crew exudes professionalism and gravitas in their classic black double-breasted suits. They feature a print inspired by the Vista, the new Air India logo icon. This timeless design signifies the importance of the flying profession.

Malhotra has also curated a range of footwear that combines style and comfort. Air India’s cabin crew representatives and the In-flight Services team consulted the designers who developed the new uniforms. Their feedback ensures practicality and durability.

Air India’s new crew uniforms capture the essence of Indian heritage and hospitality, making a bold statement to the world. The renowned designer’s work extends beyond the cabin crew and pilots, encompassing ground staff, engineers, and security personnel.

Sustainability and quality are paramount in the design and production process. All fabrics and garments are sourced and tailored in India.

About Air India

Founded in 1932 by JRD Tata, Air India has established itself as a pioneer in India’s aviation sector. As a part of the Tata group, it has built an extensive global network connecting cities across the world. Under the Vihaan.AI initiative, Air India is undergoing a transformation to become a world-class airline. It is focusing on enhancing customer care and upgrading technology. As a member of Star Alliance, Air India offers seamless connectivity and facilities to passengers worldwide.

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