Cathay uniforms too sexy? Look at the competition.

I find this new announcement from the flight attendant’s union shocking, “The blouse is too short and does not cover enough.” You can read a brief here.

cx uniform

Cathay Pacific Uniform

Cathay Pacific has been using this same uniform for 3 years now. The proper thing to do was to raise any issues before the uniform was rolled out. I can understand some issues may not be known employees actually work in the uniforms, so they why wasn’t any formal objection raised in 2011, 2012, or 2013? The timing of this is very very weird and I’m not sure of the ulterior motive. Huffington Post claims that complaints have been made since 2011, but why no official statement until now? Also, the union hasn’t offered an alternative suggested uniform design. Fail.

Besides the odd timing of this announcement, I personally don’t find the Cathay Pacific uniforms sexy at all…do you?

I find CX’s uniforms conservative and inline with competitors, look at competitors below, skirts are cut at the knee. If people don’t like a uniform, can’t they just find another job? If you don’t want to wear something skimpy to work, you don’t become a life guard, stripper, or flight attendant for that matter. I personally make sure I don’t work at companies that require me to wear a uniform because I don’t want to, or places where I have a decent chance of sexual harassment.

Whenever I travel, I’m always staring at how good the Asiana flight attendants look, the hats are hot. Here are some of the other Asian airlines, which one do you think is sexiest?

My choice of the ones below in most to least favorite; Asiana (clean and refined), Thai (love the cultural expression), Cathay Pacific (like the red suit but the blouse is tacky), Korean (teal is putting me off), JAL (too conservative), EVA (hello green, hello 1990.)

Update May 9: I’ve completely left out Vietnam Airlines and Singapore Airlines which have great cultural uniforms. Thanks readers for letting me know. See the images below. So now my choice is Asiana, Singapore, Thai, Vietnam Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean, JAL, then EVA. I really like the long dresses which cover up everything, but I think are super sexy. Maybe Cathay Pacific should switch to a cheung-saam, then no one will complain about the skirt being too tight. But then they’ll just complain the dress is too tight I suppose.

Asiana

Asiana

EVA Airways

EVA Airways

Korean Airlines

Korean Airlines

Thai Airways

Thai Airways

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines

 

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5 Responses

  1. TonyB says:

    I wish more airlines would add a cultural flair to their uniforms. Thai, Vietnam & Emirates are ones that come to mind as distinctive and beautiful.

    Korean & Cathay could also do something similar and add a small bits as a nod to their home and heritage. Right now, I find them both to be a bit bland. Nice but just bland…

  2. John says:

    How could have you have forgotten SQ?

  3. SP says:

    The Cathay uniforms may not be particularly sexy, but they *are* sexist. Female crew shouldn’t have to expose half their legs and wear uncomfortable shoes. And as a passenger, do you really want your flight crew to be wearing impractical clothing? What if they have to help people evacuate in a hurry?

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