A stop to sarees? There may be a new appearance for the flight crew at Air India

Air India’s flight attendants have been dealing with demanding customers on long-haul flights for the last 60 years while wearing the whole gamut of uniforms. The only airline that now allows its female flight attendants to travel in sarees is expected to switch to more modern clothes by the end of the year. HT has learned that the saree may no longer be a part of the crew’s uniform, which is slated to change by November.

Officials who are aware of the situation claimed that the new style would still include conventional alternatives. Designer Manish Malhotra, who is in charge of the new look, refused to comment due to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

“Churidars will be one of the options for women, and the male crew members will wear suits,” a representative stated on the condition of anonymity. “The sarees will be secondary. When I say this, I mean that they may not even be part of the uniform set at all.

According to a second authority, sarees may not be completely phased out. The airline was offered a variety of alternatives, including ready-to-wear sarees that resemble sarees but are not draped like traditional ones. The management has not yet finalized them, however.

A spokesman for Air India refused to comment on the situation.

Fans of the saree, which has had a significant renaissance in recent years, may be disappointed by the new appearance. Instagram hashtags like #nineyards and #sareetwitter have become popular searches for accounts run by women who wear sarees to work and manage their everyday lives.

The airline’s female crew members wore skirts, jackets, and hats until 1962; the late JRD Tata had the idea to change this, and the first sarees were purchased from Binny Mills.

One of the Air India cabin crew members who retired in 1972 reflected on the good old days and stated, “We were taught to drape sarees in the right way and all of us loved working in our uniforms.”

According to the first official, the uniform would be deep red, aubergine, and gold, the same colors as the airline’s new livery.

He said, “Following the merger, the Vistara cabin crew’s attire will be the same as that of Air India.”

At a rebranding ceremony on August 10, the airline’s chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD), Campbell Wilson, said that the A350 aircraft, the first of which is anticipated to be delivered next month, would be the first to sport the airline’s new livery.

The second official said, “The new crew uniforms will be introduced after the A350 is delivered.”