I have yet to fly Hainan Airlines on a longhaul flight, which many regard as the best airline in Mainland China for onboard service and comfort. But now I have another reason to fly Hainan: the best airline uniforms in the world.
Flying an airline because of the FA uniforms may be stupid, but when I saw the pictures below, my first thought was…wait, this is an airline uniform?
I personally find these uniforms to be better than any other airline in the world. They combine east and west, modesty with style, and simply look sharp.
Here’s a flowery but helpful description of the uniforms from Hainan:
The fifth-generation uniforms highlight the combination of traditional Chinese features and internationally popular elements. Repurposing the alluring look of the Cheongsam, a stylish traditional Chinese dress for women usually worn on more formal occasions, the uniforms feature a collar overlaid with a pattern of auspicious clouds and a lower hem with a pattern alternating sea and mountains which contrasts with the collar’s clouds and sky, drawing a comparison between a Hainan aircraft that has just taken off, and the roc, a mythical bird denoting strength, as it lifts into flight. The 3/4 sleeves denote simplicity and just the right amount of modesty, symbolic of the cabin crew’s high level of competence. The apron is designed like a tulip-shaped dress to emphasize, in equal measure, elegance, femininity, aesthetics and practicality. The Western-style draping incorporates popular international fashion elements alongside a sense of high-quality professionalism. The fusion of traditional Chinese elements and popular international fashion created an Oriental masterpiece that turned heads in Paris.
These uniforms were designed by Laurence Xu, a Paris-based designer (pictured in middle, below):
Put simply, I love these uniforms. I think when an airline dresses their FAs well, it treats their passengers well. Finally, it probably merits mentions that the choice of models for a Chinese airline sends a statement on beauty. This probably isn’t the place to debate whether that is good or bad, just something to think about…
What do you think of the Hainan uniforms? Which airline has your favorite uniforms?