Japan Airlines unveils new uniforms for 2020 and special livery for Tokyo Olympics

25 Jul 2019 by Jackie Chen
JAL new uniform: female cabin attendant

Japan Airlines (JAL) has unveiled new uniform designs for its staff which will be adopted in April next year.

The new uniform designs, selected by a committee JAL staff, still include the key components of the current uniforms, but the airline says the new attire will “improve functionality”.

JAL new uniform: male cabin attendant

The uniform for the cabin crew was created by local designer Yasutoshi Ezumi based on two concepts called “Refined Hybrid Beauty” and “Hybrid Modern Beauty”. Ezumi used a hybrid technique combining different materials and also included the corporate logo, as well as the corporate colour (red).

The silhouettes of the one-piece uniforms (see main image) represent the “curve of a crane” and have a balloon-shaped sleeve, JAL said. There will also be different styles of scarves and aprons for each JAL Group airline. An option to wear trousers for female staff members will also be available.

JAL new uniform - airport staff

Female staff members working on the ground will get a new one-piece dress (see above, third from left). The new scarf is longer and features flowers drawn by the designer. Meanwhile, the uniform for the lounge staff includes a pink-beige coloured jacket (see above, second from right), while reception staff will wear cream-beige coloured jackets (see above, far right).

JAL new uniform - flight crew

The new uniform for the flight crew features a unisex design, similar to the current uniform, with a few changes to “improve movement”, according to the airline.

A specially designed uniform for female pilots has been introduced for the first time (see above, right). The jacket for female pilots features a “single-button type” and the scarf, which has the pattern of an origami crane, can be used to replace the necktie.

JAL new uniform - Okinawa

During the summer season, flight crew, cabin crew and airport staff working with JAL’s Okinawa-based domestic subsidiary airlines Japan Transocean Air (JTA) and Ryukyu Air Commuter (RAC) will wear a special uniform that features Kariyushi, traditional clothing worn in the summer in Okinawa. The Kariyushi, all made in Okinawa, feature five Okinawan flowers. JAL says the design shows the omotenashi (hospitality) of Okinawa. The new pilot’s uniform also features Kariyushi for the very first time.

Engineering staff and ground handling staff will get new uniforms as well.

Business Traveller previously wrote about ten new and forthcoming cabin crew uniforms.

Meanwhile, for the Tokyo Olympic Games which will be held next year, JAL has so far introduced two aircraft bearing a special livery that features the official Tokyo Olympics mascots. The two special livery aircraft will be used on domestic routes between Tokyo (Haneda) and Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa from now until the end of October next year. A third one will be introduced in spring 2020.

The first aircraft with this special livery is a 375-seater Boeing 777-200 with 14 first class seats, 82 Class J seats (the airline’s domestic business class product) and 279 seats in economy class.

The second aircraft, which began service on July 10, is a 252-seater Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with five first class seats, 42 Class J seats and 205 economy class seats.

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific asked JAL for photos of the liveries, but a spokesperson said the company could not provide them “due to contractual regulations with the Olympic Committee based in Japan”. Nevertheless, you can view at photo of the first aircraft’s livery here and the second aircraft’s livery here on JAL’s website.

Passengers travelling on the special livery aircraft can use specially designed headrest covers and paper cups featuring the Tokyo Olympics mascots. Plush toy versions of the two mascots, Miraitowa and Someity, are also displayed in the cabin.

In other news, JAL, together with another Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA), has become a supporting partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay. JAL’s new subsidiary budget carrier, Zipair Tokyo, also unveiled new aircraft livery and crew uniforms in April this year.

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