Qantas Unveils New Pilot Uniforms With More Thought to Women

2nd May 2016

Female pilots flying Qantas planes can finally wear uniforms that are tailored for their gender and not for men. The long overdue change has been revealed this Friday as 60 Qantas pilots walked the catway in Sydney to present the new stylish uniforms.

This is the first time Qantas will have informs specifically designed for its women pilots and not just for men. Its last batch, from 2003, was the same for both men and women.

One of the female pilots that will wear the new uniforms is Captain Debbie Slade. She recalls how it has been when she first joined the airline 27 years back:

"We had to wear flight attendant trousers, boy's shirts and boy's hats. It was really piecemeal. You didn't really feel brilliant."

Now, however, things have changed. Here's what Captain Slade had to say about the new uniforms:

"It's a really big change. Especially for the females, it has got a little bit of shape and it is made to fit girls rather than girls wearing a boy's uniform."

The new uniforms have a lighter fabric than the old ones and include a single-breasted navy suit with slim pants and a more fitted shirt. In addition, women's uniforms are also more feminine than the old model and even include female tie. Finally, the new gold stripes used for defining rank make the uniforms even more elegant.

The uniforms were designed by famous Australian fashion designer Martin Grant. The man who designed the flight attendants uniforms back in 2013 said:

"I wanted to create a uniform that reflected the glamour of flying and suited the unique pilot office environment. The hat is what makes a pilot so recognizable. I wanted to go back to the essence of the naval uniform and bring back the white top."

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said:

"It had to be traditional and respectful of that history but it had to be modern and represent the future of Qantas and I think Grant has done that completely. It was also extremely important for us that we had a female-designed uniform. I hope one day we get to 50 per cent of our pilots being female so we will have a lot more of them. We are still waiting on that but I think it is a great start."