Air New Zealand reveals new candyfloss pink-colored “concept” uniform

Air_New_ZealandNew Zealand’s national carrier, Air New Zealand, has revealed its newly-designed, candyfloss pink-colored “concept” uniforms, which will be introduced in 2011, coinciding with the introduction of a new aircraft fleet - the 777-300 aircraft.

Designed by Kiwi designer Trelise Cooper, the new uniform – which the Airline spokesman, Ed Sims, said was “contemporary” – has already come under fire by the flight attendants, who opine that the uniform of the male flight attendants and the ground staff looked comparatively much more “professional.”

One of the flight attendant, who desired anonymity, told the Dominion Post that the candyfloss pink color scheme will give them a “drag queen”-like look. Noting that the uniform looked similar to the one used on the carrier’s annual themed flight to the Sydney Mardi Gras festival, the attendant said spilt food and drinks would be conspicuous on the pink color.

However, Sims reiterated that the new uniform, to be worn by over 5000 staff-members, was based on New Zealand themes. As per the uniform’s pink color, Sims specified that it works “in harmony with” the soon-to-be-unveiled new aircraft interiors.

Meanwhile, the airline’s choice of the pink color has also been questioned by Jack Yan, publisher of fashion magazine Lucire, who said that though the patterns fitted with the heritage of Air New Zealand, “I've some doubts on whether pink conveys any national values.”

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