With less than two years until the next Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo gets underway, Japan Airlines has announced plans to completely overhaul the uniform that over 27,000 members of its staff wear. The new look will be unveiled just in time for the big event.
The airline is a major sponsor of the Tokyo Olympic’s and the updated uniform is just one of many ways in which the carrier is celebrating the sporting event.
We don’t know many details at the moment but we do know Japan Airlines is aiming to launch the new look in April 2020. New uniforms will be designed for workers across the company, including cabin crew and ground staff. It also sounds like there might be an environmentally sustainable element of the new uniform – in keeping with one of the main aims of the Tokyo Olympic’s.
The project is being launched under the airline’s ‘Fly for it’ brand campaign which has been designed to celebrate the partnership status Japan Airlines has with the Olympics. Rumours suggest members of the public may even play a part in making decisions over the new uniform via the Fly for it website (although you’ll need to speak Japenese to access the content).
Japan Airlines last overhauled its uniform in 2012 with designs created by Keita Maruyama, a Japenese fashion designer who launched his career in Tokyo in 1994. Cabin crew at the airline wear a predominantly navy blue coloured uniform – a favourite colour for airline uniforms around the word.
Just like in the last uniform overhaul, we expect Japenese Airlines to convene a committee of employees to provide feedback and suggestions for the as yet unnamed designer.
At some point in the near future, we should expect to hear more details about a new low-cost subsidiary airline that Japan Airlines plans to launch in time for the Tokyo Olympics. We already know the budget carrier will use Boeing 787’s with a less roomy 3-3-3 seating configuration in Economy Class but other details so far remain scant.
Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.