As part of its commemoration of 25 years in Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport, United Airlines set up a catwalk this morning in order showcase new uniforms for pilots, FAs, and ground staff.
With CEO Jeff Smisek on-hand, the new uniforms were modeled and will debut on June 25th, finally bringing an end to the visible barrier separating ex-Continental crews and staff from those of legacy United.
Here’s a few pictures from the event, courtesy of United (and note the first picture was taken at Chicago O’Hare):
FAs I have talked to do not like the new uniforms–they say they are cheaply made, expensive, and not as professional looking as they would have liked.
I am rather indifferent to them–these are not eye-catching uniforms, but they are not bad. I prefer traditional uniforms, like the second picture above, but the blue dress isn’t bad. I appreciate that pilots will have the legacy United necktie and I hope we will see more wearing their hats.
One thing I really do not like is the sweater–it looks tacky, like US Airways. And the yellow ties and scarves that will be worn by Global Services agents are nice, but that is “Lufthansa yellow” and I have to wonder why United would choose a color that is not present in its corporate color scheme.
Will new uniforms boost morale? Perhaps–at least temporarily. But I think morale has been generally higher lately and I’ve been very pleased with United the last couple months. Leadership still flows down from the top and it is up to Smisek and his inner-circle to motivate his “co-workers” to excel still further.