Philippine Airlines launches 'COVID-19 couture' crew uniforms

The uniform made its debut on a flight to Auckland.
The uniform made its debut on a flight to Auckland. Photo credit: Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines has introduced a new cabin crew uniform for the COVID-19 pandemic "season".

The uniforms are designed by Filipino couturier Edwin Tan, who wanted to incorporate elements of the airline's branding into the crew's protective gear.

"The detail is a subtle branding for PAL. We didn't have time to print or embroider the logo, so we came up with the idea of mimicking or reworking the 'flag' logo of PAL," Tan says.

"We used a non-porous material for the PPS, a material with substantial weight to give it better fall than generic PPEs."

The uniform made its debut on a Philippine Airlines repatriation flight to Auckland from Manila on Monday. There were 184 Kiwi passport holders or permanent residents onboard.

The flight from Manila was operated on one of Philippine Airlines new Airbus A350-900 aircraft – the first time the airline has operated this aircraft type to New Zealand.

All domestic and international Philippine Airlines flights are cancelled until May, but the airline is operating repatriation flights from various points around the globe to and from Manila.