Dear Captain Doug. My dad wanted me to ask you a question as he works in the corporate image business: There's a new uniform being planned for Air Canada pilots - single breasted jackets, but still gold and black, and a purple tie.What do you think of this? My dad has reservations as the three button blazer is not flattering to big tummies, and double breasted can hide the kilos.I know it is an usual question.I am also studying fashion design.Melissa.
I have found a link to the new uniforms. http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p81/louper_3/new_uniform.jpg
Your blog followers and readers might be interested to see. Bye, Melissa.
Hi Melissa. (I moved your question to a new post).
Our new uniform was "worn tested" over a year ago, but as far as what the new look will be is still questionable. As to when they will arrive is even more dubious. The uniform committee heard from many pilots. For one, they want the double breasted tunic to stay. They think it's classier. But the most contentious issue is "hat or no hat." As you can see in the picture you supplied, it does not include hats. More and more pilots no longer want the hat, but most do. I found there is a correlation to those with hair and those that are "hair challenged." (I like my hat). Another issue is the tie. Many think the tie looks too much like a flight attendant's tie.
Many believe we should tone down the uniform even more, maybe like Westjet. But what works for Westjet doesn't necessarily work for an international carrier. Passengers want a uniform.
It depicts authority, control and respect. Try wearing a bomber jacket in Asia and you probably won't make it pass customs. Many countries worship the uniform. Even the bus driver in Japan has a full uniform with white gloves.
When I walk into the waiting lounge enroute to my airplane I sense numerous people watching and judging. People want to see control. Image carries a lot of weight.
(One company I worked for disapproved of pilots eating ice cream because it did not convey a professional image).
Our SOPs state we must have our tunic buttoned. I can tell an American pilot a mile way because they tend to utilize the open tunic look. To quote you, they don't try to "hide the kilos."
Good luck with fashion design. Maybe if you hurry, you could design our new uniform.