Delta unveils new airline uniforms
Yes, that is purple you see in those new Delta Air Lines uniforms. Or, make that “Passport Plum,” as Delta is calling it.
Delta began rolling out new uniforms for 64,000 of its front-line workers Tuesday. Among the first to sport the new threads were Delta’s crews in Singapore and airport workers in Australia, where Tuesday arrived while it was still late Monday in the mainland U.S.
Delta says its Passport Plum marks the first major color addition in 30 years to the blue-and-red uniforms worn by Delta’s passenger-facing staff. Delta touted the color as “a shade that flatters every skin tone” and one of “five wholly reimagined hues” that also include “Cruising Cardinal, Groundspeed Graphite, Traveling Thistle and Skyline Slate.”
Delta continued to switch employees to the new uniforms as more of its flights and airports moved into Tuesday.
The outfits were created by designer Zac Posen, with Lands’ End producing garments and Spanx providing undergarments for some workers.
The update comes more than a year after the new threads were first unveiled in the fall of 2016 and marks their debut after “extensive testing” to make sure they would perform as expected.
It’s Delta’s first uniform update since 2006 for “above-wing employees” like pilots, attendants and airport agents and the first since 2000 for “below-wing employees” such as maintenance and ramp workers.
– Ben Mutzabaugh
Delta workers model the airline’s new uniforms in Sydney.