Ten years of Lufthansa crews in na­tional cos­tume

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS -

Ten years ago we heard it for the first time: Take-off for the Lufthansa crew in na­tional cos­tume. Since then, a to­tal of 20 des­ti­na­tions have been flown to on four con­ti­nents, with na­tional cos­tumes from three dif­fer­ent fash­ion houses in­tro­duced to the pas­sen­gers dur­ing this fa­mous time of year for Bavaria. Two days be­fore the be­gin­ning of the Mu­nich Ok­to­ber­fest, Lufthansa pas­sen­gers will once again get to ex­pe­ri­ence Bavar­ian tra­di­tion up in the clouds. On the oc­ca­sion of the tenth an­niver­sary, two crews will take-off in Anger­maier cos­tumes. Eleven flight stew­ardesses and two flight stew­ards will look after guests to­day on flights from Mu­nich to Toronto and from Mu­nich to Washington. Fur­ther des­ti­na­tions will in­clude Shanghai and Hong Kong on 20 Septem­ber, Den­ver on 2 Oc­to­ber and Bos­ton on 3 Oc­to­ber.

Over the past ten years, both the de­sign of the cos­tumes as well as the names of the de­sign­ers have changed on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. How­ever, the Lufthansa colours of yel­low, blue and white have al­ways stayed the same.

This year’s an­niver­sary cos­tume was de­signed and tai­lored by the Mu­nich na­tional cos­tume spe­cial­ists Anger­maier, which is out­fit­ting the crews to match the largest pub­lic fes­ti­val in the world for the third time in a row. The Ok­to­ber­fest dirndl for the flight stew­ardesses is dark blue with a sil­ver-grey pinafore. The men wear knee-length leder­ho­sen with a dark blue waist­coat in the same fab­ric as the dirndls.

As in pre­vi­ous years, na­tional cos­tumes will be worn on flights to se­lected Euro­pean des­ti­na­tions from Mu­nich. At the be­gin­ning and the end of the Mu­nich Ok­to­ber­fest, a crew from Lufthansa Ci­tyLine will swap their uni­form for the dirndl. Des­ti­na­tions this year are Bel­grade, Birm­ing­ham, Cluj, Nice, Ol­bia and Sylt.

For Lufthansa em­ploy­ees at pas­sen­ger ser­vices at Mu­nich air­port, it has long been tra­di­tion to welcome pas­sen­gers in na­tional cos­tume dur­ing Ok­to­ber­fest. In ad­di­tion to the

Lufthansa uni­form, the women wear the Lufthansa dirndl in yel­low and blue and the men wear blue suits in the style of the tra­di­tional cos­tume. The Ser­vice em­ploy­ees in the Lufthansa First Class Lounges wear cos­tumes in black and gold.

Dur­ing win­ter, Lufthansa is fly­ing from Malta to Mu­nich four times per week.

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