allrite wrote:Apparently some controversy about the new uniforms and dress code. Big moustaches are out. Yet at today's event they've got people in retro clothes. So would this be acceptable?
Thanks for the article link and accompanying video. Interesting read.
From the article:
Qantas pilots fume over stricter uniform standards, by Matt O’Sullivan, October 27, 2016, Sydney Morning Herald.
"Handlebar moustaches, backpacks and chewing gum are out, while jackets are to be worn more regularly.
That's the message to thousands of Qantas pilots in new guidelines about stricter uniform standards they need to meet to uphold their "image as a trusted, experienced ambassador of the Qantas brand".
Pilots are fuming over the requirements for them to wear their new jackets more often such as when travelling to their aircraft unless it is more than 27 degrees or they are at airports in the tropics.
"If full uniform [is] not worn, you should not be recognisable as a Qantas pilot [when travelling to or from work]," the guidelines state.
The airline deems they won't be recognisable as Qantas pilots on their way to work if they are just wearing uniform pants and shirt. But jackets, hats, epaulettes and wings are considered recognisable.
Until now, pilots say it has largely been at the discretion of a plane's captain about whether the flight crew had to wear a jacket.
Qantas pilots were issued a 23-page guidebook last week, ahead of the requirement from Thursday for all of them to wear their new uniforms unveiled in April.
While indicating a "general satisfaction with the new suit design", a survey of almost 1300 pilots by the Australian and International Pilots Association found a clear majority were critical of symbolic parts of the uniform such as the wing design, epaulettes and the badge on their new white hats.
"The white cap is supposed to take us back to the days of flying boats but it's 2016, not the 1940s. We don't fly flying boats, we fly aeroplanes," one pilot said.
"They don't call it a uniform, they call it a costume. Everyone has got the shits that they are trying to make us wear this stuff."
The airline has since decided to make the wings out of metal instead of fabric, and enlarge the epaulettes. But it has drawn the line at the hat because it believed alterations would have too great an impact on the overall design and image.
Qantas's new uniform guidelines give an insight into the lengths airlines go to project a clean-cut image to passengers and the wider public.
Pilots must never "use a backpack or rucksack when in uniform", "chew gum or drink alcohol in uniform" or "smoke when in uniform in view of the public".
In order to "wear it right", Qantas pilots have been told to button up their uniform jacket" and wear their hats when walking through an airport terminal.
Earrings are allowed to be worn only by female pilots, and even then they "should be plain round pearl, silver, gold or diamond studs".
"Wearing visible facial jewellery including the piercing of noses, eyebrows, tongues and mouths is not acceptable when in uniform," the guidelines state.
And the criteria outlining grooming for men shows why the annual "Movember" fundraising event would be a tricky proposition for a Qantas pilot.
While a moustache is permitted, the guidelines state that "the outline of the upper lip shall clearly be visible".
"Long moustaches such as handlebar, horseshoe (or 'trucker') and similar styles are unacceptable," they say.
Hair length "that falls onto eyebrows or shirt collar is not acceptable", and beards are not permitted while "sideburns should be below your earlobe in length".
Like for most airlines, beards have been off limits for Qantas pilots for years, partly because of the potential for the seal on an oxygen mask to be broken by whiskers.
Female pilots have been told that their hair should not fall past their shoulder, and their fringe "should be kept above the eyes".
"Make-up should complement that individual, look natural and blend with the uniform," the guidelines say. "Brightly coloured or sparkly eyeshadow should not be worn."
Qantas chief pilot Richard Tobiano said in a statement that standards were very important when it came to uniforms.
"I know that our pilots are very proud and feel privileged to fly for Qantas and to wear the uniform, which not only looks fantastic but also pays tribute to the history of our airline and profession," he said.
While they may be a bone of contention for Qantas pilots, the guidelines do offer some helpful hints for those who have always struggled in the wardrobe department.
Among the tips is to "never hang your jacket on a wire hanger", nor hang a tie on a rack "as the lining will drop over time and cause wrinkles".
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I do agree with the comment about the white hats and that was the first thing I noticed back in the launch .. "The white cap is supposed to take us back to the days of flying boats but it's 2016, not the 1940s. We don't fly flying boats, we fly aeroplanes," one pilot said.
BTW here is the thread when the new uniforms were launched back in April: viewtopic.php?t=605779
I agree with the overall dress standards and guidelines, these are important, however pedantic it may seem at the time re video detail. Looking at the bigger picture.
It is also about image and public perception, moreso than some other professions. A national carrier is high profile and highly visible, and is an international business, at the end of the day.