Delta un­veils new air­line uni­forms

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - TRAVEL -

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.

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