Qantas pilot uniforms undergo first re-design in 10 years

Qantas pilot uniforms undergo first re-design in 10 years

Famed Australian fashion designer, Martin Grant, will be creating a new look for Qantas' pilots which is expected to be unveiled in 2016.

The new uniforms will be worn by Qantas' 2,500-strong domestic, regional and international pilots.

This will be the second time the Paris-based designer will be working with Qantas.

In 2013, Grant designed the Qantas cabin crew uniform which was worn by former Victoria Secret and Australian model, Miranda Kerr, during its unveiling ceremony.

The new pilot uniform will reflect a modern Australian style and "positive things happening at Qantas", said Mr Alan Joyce, the airlines' group CEO.

The current pilot uniform was designed by fellow Australian designer, Peter Morrissey, in 2003 and has not had a revamp since, said online fashion publication WWD. The outfit features a single-breasted black jacket and trousers.

According to WWD, Mr Grant aims to incorporate feedback from the airline staff and even participate in a simulator to get a sense of their work environment.

Mr Grant said the new look for the uniform will be comfortable, stylish and most of all, distinguished.

Early feedback he got from Qantas pilots revealed they wanted to retain the traditional look but have a modern makeover to look more elegant and wearable.

The female pilots also hoped for a more feminine line, added Mr Grant.

Qantas' chief pilot, Captain Tobiano, said though pilots are usually unseen in their "office", they do take great pride in wearing their uniforms.

He said that pilots spend up to 16 hours at a time on an aircraft, so there's a big focus on comfort and durability, as well as reflecting their professionalism.

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