Air New Zealand uniforms set for a refresh, designers asked to express interest

If you desperately want to see Air New Zealand cabin crew wearing uniforms emblazoned with the legendary Laser Kiwi, now is the time to officially put forward that case.

The airline has announced it will be replacing its current uniforms and will be accepting expressions of interest (EOI) today from would-be designers.

Air NZ's cabin crew, ground staff and pilots will all be donning the new uniforms in 2025.

The current Dame Trelise Cooper-designed outfits feature a classic uniform silhouette with blazers, pocket squares and ties for men, pussybow neckties for women, and pops of bold colour emblazoned with koru-style prints.

They has been worn by workers on the national carrier for the past 12 years, but as "Air New Zealand's eyes are on the future", the uniform must be updated to "align with this vision", the airline says.

Air New Zealand's Trelise Cooper-designed ground staff uniforms, set to be taken out of service in 2025.
Air New Zealand's current ground staff uniforms. Photo credit: supplied/Air New Zealand

"It's time to revisit and refresh our uniforms to ensure they continue to be a perfect fit for our people and align with our recently announced future cabin experience," said Air NZ chief customer and sales officer Leanne Geraghty.

"It's important that we continue to ensure our uniform accurately reflects our business, our people, and our country.

"We'll be working to ensure the uniform reflects the diverse requirements of our people. A lot has changed since our last uniform update in 2011 and we want to ensure they continue to meet the needs of our teams."

Air NZ said it is also revising its grooming standards as the uniform is refreshed, which follows the airline reversing a ban on visible tattoos in 2019.

The EOI is open to all New Zealand designers from today until Sunday, May 14. Following that, Air NZ will invite selected designers to be a part of a competitive pitch process, before selecting the final one.

The designer ultimately selected will be announced later this year.