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dsuairptman
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Airline Uniform Stripe Colors

Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:11 am

I sometimes ponder this question, regarding flight/cabin crew uniforms and the color of the stripes, some airline crews wear silver and others wear gold. Where/whom picks these colors, is it the decision of the airline, or the fashion designers that create crew uniforms, or some other source?
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apodino
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RE: Airline Uniform Stripe Colors

Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:43 am

Good Question, but I think it has something to do with the uniform design after going through several designs to pick one. The one thing about this is that Pilot uniforms in the industry are all too much alike, and very few of them really make their carrier stand out more than any of them (Except for JetBlue, which is still my favorite pilot uniform out there.) and the only way to really tell some airlines apart is by either a Hat Pin (Assuming that the pilot is wearing a hat, that seems to be a lost art in my opinion, which is unfortunate), or by seeing what airline is on their ID badge. United's pliots have a little distinction with the thin gold stripes on the shoulders and the neck ties, but for the most part, everyone else is either silver or gold, and it makes it very had to tell them apart. But I will try to provide a small list.

CO - Gold Stripes, hat pin is the Continental logo between wings.
DL - Gold Stirpes, hat pin is a version of the widget.
AA - Silver Stripes, hat pin is a silver version of the old school AA logo.
US - Silver Stripes, hat pin is a metal American flag with USAirways written under it
NW - Gold Stripes, hat pin is the very old NW orient logo, which looks something like a red and blue target
UA - Thin Gold Stripes, hat pin is an old version of United Logo
WN - Silver Stipes, hat pin is simple a one pice SWA silver letters. Pilots often wear colorful ties for this airline
B6 - Blue Shirts and blue and silver stripes, and dark blue neck ties. Never seen a B6 pilot with a hat.

OO - Gold Stripes, hat pin is a black pin with Skywest Airlines written on it.
ZW - Silver Stipes, hat pin is the old school Air Wisky logo (green and orange) on a pair of wings.
Comair - Gold Stripes, hat pin is the ComAir logo above the words Delta Connection
ASA - Same as ComAir but wiith Silver Stripes, and the ASA logo
Mesa - Silver stripes, and I have yet to see a Mesa pilot actually wear a hat.
American Eagle - Almost exactly the same as Mainline. ID badge is the only difference.
SkyWay - Hollow silver stripes, hat pin is a metal circle with a big S in the center
ExpressJet - Very Similar to mainline continental.

Any one know any more?
 
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RE: Airline Uniform Stripe Colors

Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:43 am

The fashion designers, whose designs are submitted to the airline for approval and signed off by the Board or CEO.

NZ's tech crew changed from the standard black suit with white shirt, shoulder epaulettes and sleeve stripes to a very dark smoky charcoal suit, with no shoulder epaulettes and silver sleeve stripes, with a bone coloured shirt. It's really classy looking.
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RE: Airline Uniform Stripe Colors

Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:52 am

Quoting Apodino (Reply 1):
Any one know any more?

HP has teal on silver-ish... (For FA's)
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dsuairptman
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RE: Airline Uniform Stripe Colors

Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:14 am

Air Tran pilots wear gold stripes with the 'A' logo in a circle on the hat

XJ wears silver stripes

Express Jet (to more detail) wears jet black pants with white shirts and Express Jet in a circle on the wings. The stripe colors are gold

PSA (USAirways Express) wear dark blue uniforms with sharp silver stripes. Unsure of hat logo.

Midwest uses gold stripes

To me WN stripes appear to be more white in color than silver...
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RE: Airline Uniform Stripe Colors

Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:20 am

Quoting Dsuairptman (Reply 4):
To me WN stripes appear to be more white in color than silver...

They're silver.
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SkyexRamper
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RE: Airline Uniform Stripe Colors

Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:35 am

Quoting Dsuairptman (Reply 4):
Midwest uses gold stripes

No we dont....

Midwest and Skyway wear the same uniform, both are a grey(silver)/blue scramble mix.
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kstatepilot
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RE: Airline Uniform Stripe Colors

Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:47 am

UPS wears a brown suit with brown/gold stripes!

Airborne/DHL wears a charcoal suite, but I forgot what color the stripes are.
 
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RE: Airline Uniform Stripe Colors

Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:57 am

Quoting Dsuairptman (Reply 4):
PSA (USAirways Express) wear dark blue uniforms with sharp silver stripes. Unsure of hat logo.

I know Piedmont has a US Airways express logo on the hat. I would think PS would be similar.
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dsuairptman
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RE: Airline Uniform Stripe Colors

Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:25 am

Quoting SkyexRamper (Reply 6):
No we dont....

Midwest and Skyway wear the same uniform, both are a grey(silver)/blue scramble mix.

I was under the impression they were gold based on the gold stripe painting on the engine cowlings.
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RE: Airline Uniform Stripe Colors

Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:35 am

Quoting Apodino (Reply 1):
CO - Gold Stripes, hat pin is the Continental logo between wings.
DL - Gold Stirpes, hat pin is a version of the widget.
AA - Silver Stripes, hat pin is a silver version of the old school AA logo.
US - Silver Stripes, hat pin is a metal American flag with USAirways written under it
NW - Gold Stripes, hat pin is the very old NW orient logo, which looks something like a red and blue target
UA - Thin Gold Stripes, hat pin is an old version of United Logo
WN - Silver Stipes, hat pin is simple a one pice SWA silver letters. Pilots often wear colorful ties for this airline
B6 - Blue Shirts and blue and silver stripes, and dark blue neck ties. Never seen a B6 pilot with a hat.

OO - Gold Stripes, hat pin is a black pin with Skywest Airlines written on it.
ZW - Silver Stipes, hat pin is the old school Air Wisky logo (green and orange) on a pair of wings.
Comair - Gold Stripes, hat pin is the ComAir logo above the words Delta Connection
ASA - Same as ComAir but wiith Silver Stripes, and the ASA logo
Mesa - Silver stripes, and I have yet to see a Mesa pilot actually wear a hat.
American Eagle - Almost exactly the same as Mainline. ID badge is the only difference.
SkyWay - Hollow silver stripes, hat pin is a metal circle with a big S in the center
ExpressJet - Very Similar to mainline continental.

I know Republic/Chautauqua have Silver strips!
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SkyexRamper
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RE: Airline Uniform Stripe Colors

Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:36 pm

Quoting Dsuairptman (Reply 9):
I was under the impression they were gold based on the gold stripe painting on the engine cowlings.

Nope, they never have been gold stripes. The gold stripes on the cowlings are just to match the livery.
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RE: Airline Uniform Stripe Colors

Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:06 pm

Quoting Kstatepilot (Reply 7):
UPS wears a brown suit with brown/gold stripes!

Airborne/DHL wears a charcoal suite, but I forgot what color the stripes are.

Airborne used to be gray uniforms with charcoal stripes and epaulets. Hat emblem and wings had accents of the jet colors.

Fedex wears navy uniforms w/ silver stripes and epaulets. The uniform has changed several times over the years such as blue to white shirts, wings and most of all the ties.

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