Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 378 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4010 times:
I just saw that Garuda have them besides the Sarong, never knew they did, other than that all of the North and South East Asian carriers have them, what about Vietnam, Lao and Cambodia Airlines? all of the Muslim Middle East and Central Asian carriers have them.
Those that dont have western uniforms are, Singapore Airlines(surprising), Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei, Biman, Indian Airlines(crew objected to it and idea was dropped), Air India(surprising), Sri Lankan(surprising), Royal Nepal, PIA, Ariana, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Iran Air, the latter two used to.
For people in the west a point to be noted all muslim airlines from the "fanatic" Middle East region have western skirt uniforms, that they're worn by women from other countries is besides the point, as many are Muslims from conservative countries including Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, as mentioned above Saudi Arabian and Iran Air also had some of the most fashionable ones, SV had them till late 80's of what I know, their summer uniform in 1985 was a half sleeved style in shades of bright pink with skirt just 1 inch below the knee, with a dark pink beret worn on the head, no chiffon scarf or anyother thing to cover up with.
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 378 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3548 times:
OK maybe not UL or AI (were to get western uniforms designed by some French guy, what happened?) but SQ could definitely do with a western style along with the Sarong, like TG, GA and PR have, they should also update the Saron Kebaya change colours or something, its been there since the 70's if I'm not mistaken and is begining to look shabby and dated, no offense to anyone.
The best Sarong Unifroms are Thai's they have such a large variety of colours.
Asianguy767 From Singapore, joined Oct 2003, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3487 times:
SQ's kebayas are in blue, green, red and brown. With colour being assigned according to rank, the most junior being the famous blue. SQ used to hv its crew don western uniforms on ground and only the kebaya when airborne but dropped it as unnecessary cost plus the kebaya is SQ's best marketing ad.
PA841 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3436 times:
JL used to have 1 flight attendant in the kimono serving customers in First class but that had to have been in the 70s and early 80's only. KE as well had 1 in a hanbok but Im not sure if they still do. The VN ao dai is maroon and quite elegant looking but I don't like the apron they have to wear when serving. As for SQ...why change a good thing? Pierre Balmain designed the sarong kebayas and I bet even he didn't know how recognized they would become worldwide.
Danialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3398 times:
Why should an Asian carrier have "western" uniforms??? Part of the branding of Asian carriers should be that they are different! SQ aint LH but just happens to be headquartered in Singapore. And not everything "western" (looking) is better / best ...
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Thawit76 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3389 times:
The "ao dai" is a traditional Vietnamese dress, NOT a traditional Lao dress. The flight attendants on Lao Aviation wear traditional lao style sarongs (there was a article - with photos - about the inflight crews for Lao recently in one of the airline enthusiast magazines).
ANA, JAL, Asiana, and Cathay Pacific all have western style flight attendant uniforms. Thai Airways and Singapore also have western style uniforms for their flight attendants (for Thai domestic lights and usually on the midway point for transpac flights on SQ).
Air Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1518 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3280 times:
I think it all depends on what type of market the airline is trying to attract. Singapore, Thai, Malaysian and the like mostly have foreign tourists/ businesspeople travelling on them, therefore it would be good to have an Asian style uniform. However, 70% of JAL and ANA's traffic is Japanese, and they already know what the kimono looks like, and the Japanese are very precise people, they don't want their stuff be altered just so it could be worn on the aircraft, therefore it would be logical for JL and NH to have western style uniforms. I know this is only a very general statement but it is true in the examples given above.
However, that said, I have to say I prefer "national-dress" uniforms much more than a "shirt+jacket" type western uniform.
Tbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3123 times:
Japan did at one time have one F/A in kimono, however, I would think that would be very difficult to work in. With air travel today, service has to be fast which dictates a functional yet fashionable uniform. Food spills, turbulance, and passengers all add to the cleaning costs of uni's, so "kiss." (Keep it simple, stupid!)
Worldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3002 times:
China Airlines flight crews sometimes stay at the Radisson-President in Richmond, BC -- across the Fraser River from the YVR south runway. When I was checking out in January, a CI crew was checking in. The FA's were wearing bright pink pencil skirt - bolero jacket outfits made of natural fiber with matching hats and black leather pumps. I remember thinking "The shoes don't match the outfits." But in mid-winter, I guess pink shoes are out of season.
Supersonic78 From Switzerland, joined May 2004, 146 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2859 times:
SQ has western style uniforms for its station personal on ground, in western countries... it consits of a dark blue skirt, light blue jacket (like male F/A) and a blouse with the typical print of the female F/A uniform ! unfortunately no pics avbl..