What is the South African Airways Uniform like?

Jul 16, 2018 | Cabin Crew

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So, you are thinking about becoming South African Airways Cabin Crew and you want to know what the uniform is like? Look no further and discover the stunning uniform here!

South African Airways’ female cabin crew have an option of wearing trousers, a skirt or a dress. This means staff have flexibility to wear something they feel comfortable and stylish in – which is great compared to other airlines who require crew to wear skirts.

South African Airways Uniform

The Uniform: Basics

The trousers, skirt, dress, blazer/jacket and service gilet are all royal blue, and the pockets on the jacket and dress have embroidered designs in a blue thread. This compliments the design and texture of the uniform.

South African Airways Uniform

The jacket has three buttons which can be done-up and reveals a section of either the shirt or the dress. The shirt is white with patterns in the fabric which looks stunning with the uniform jacket and commonly has ¾ length sleeves.

Or, if you decide to wear the dress, you can expect a beautiful blue uniform item worn at a length to the knee, accompanied with black tights. The dress has short sleeves and the embroidered designs on the pockets and panels to structure the dress. In my opinion, the uniform dress is a good choice as it is simple and is a good accompanying piece for the jacket.

The skirt and trousers are the same blue colour. The skirt is worn to the knee and, like the dress, is worn with black tights. The trousers also worn by crew – which are the same blue colour as the rest of the uniform – are not as commonly worn as the skirt and dress are.

In addition to the suit, crew wear a uniform scarf which consists of 6 colours. These are the same as the Republic of South Africa flag: red, yellow, green, blue, white and black.  The scarf finishes the look and identifies the brand as being a representative for the country and makes people proud to ‘fly the flag’.

South African Airways Uniform

Once crew graduate training, they receive their wings which have the SAA tail-fin design and wing attached. They also get a name badge with the company logo and name on.

Shoes for female crew when walking through the terminal are heels and must be black.

Female crew with long hair must have it tied back so they can handle food and keep hygiene standards up. Some crew will wear their hair in a bun style or in a plaited twist/French roll.

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Post written by Freya Cushman

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  1. Brent

    South African Aiways Pilot Uniform Standards and pictures – Could someone please Email some pictures?


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