On October 18 2016, Europe’s leading independent airline CityJet unveiled its trendy and stylish new look cabin crew uniforms in an exclusive fashion show at Dublin Airport. Using the airlines latest fleet addition, the Superjet SSJ100 as a back drop, the show was hosted by fashion stylist and TV presenter, Brendan Courtney.
Following months of behind the scenes work and much input by the airlines staff, the new uniforms have been created by top Irish designer Aideen Bodkin. Design consultant Jane Byrne was also involved, assisting in the overall process and liaising with crew and staff.
The new uniform will debut across the CityJet network during November and embraces the carriers exiting future. Some of the new pieces include for the ladies, a stylish fitted two-piece suit or dress, new neck scarves with the companies grey, gold and burgundy colouring; plus leather gloves and a new handbag.
Meanwhile the male uniform is predominately a charcoal grey wool mix fabric with a berry red piping detail on the pocket to match the piping on the ladies uniform. The tie is a berry red shade with charcoal pattern using the chevron detail from the CityJet logo. The male trench coat has a detachable hood and a quilted inner lining that is also detachable to make it wearable in all seasons.
The knit scarf for both male and female is in berry red shade also to add a pop of vibrant colour to the uniform.
Speaking with Confessions of a Trolley Dolly about the new uniform, Aideen said “I wanted to create a modern clean look with classic touches for the CityJet uniform. My aim was to design a stylish new look that was flexible and most importantly comfortable for the staff”.
CityJet Marketing Manager Astou N’Diaye said: “This new uniform is comfortable, practical and functional to wear while providing a fresh, glamorous look that will prove a winner with our customers. We were delighted to have great inputs into the design by CityJet staff and thrilled that Aideen Bodkin was so successful in bringing those suggestions from the CityJet family together in such a creative and beautiful way.”
About Aideen Bodkin
“A fashion Design graduate of NCAD Dublin, Aideen Bodkin worked for numerous well-known Irish design houses before setting up her own eponymous designer label in 1999. Her ladies-wear collection is designed using exquisite fabrics in beautifully made garments finished to the highest standards. Aideen’s love of vintage glamour and strong colour inspires her unique range of distinctive tailored pieces.
Aideen works with small fabric mills where she becomes involved in creating her own designs and embroideries. The timeless styling and beautiful tailoring in these collectable garments ensures that they will be treasured for many seasons to come.
“My garments are designed to make the women who wear them feel special. I love my work as a designer and every season I am excited to begin all over again, creating new designs in beautiful fabrics”
Courtesy of aideenbodkin.com
“CityJet is a European regional airline based in Dublin, Ireland operating a fleet of Avro, Bombardier and Superjet aircraft on scheduled and wet lease services across Europe.
The airline was established in 1993 by Pat Byrne, and pioneered services between Dublin and London City Airport in January 1994 under a franchise agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways.
CityJet formed a partnership with Air France in 1996, which eventually transferred into Air France ownership in 2000 and the majority of CityJet services being operated under the Air France brand. CityJet continued to develop its role as a key airline in the London City market in addition to growing its network connecting European cities to the Air France hub in Paris. During this time, CityJet also acquired VLM, a Belgian airline which also specialized in London City services.
Air France sold CityJet to a German company, Intro Aviation, in 2014. The airline was subsequently purchased by a business consortium led by its original founder, Pat Byrne, and has embarked on a major programme of expansion and strategic development.
In the first of a number of major steps, the airline rebranded in 2015 to a new livery, which reflected the newly independent company’s spirit.
CityJet secured a new wet lease contract, under which it provides aircraft and crew to SAS (Scandinavian Airlnies) in October 2015, and today has eight new Bombardier CRJ900 jets operating in the Nordic region on behalf of SAS, with four more to follow in 2017. As part of this project, CityJet purchased Finnish airline Blue1, whose staff now form the nucleus of its Nordic operation.
CityJet has also commenced the replacement of its Avro RJ85 fleet with the order of 15 Superjet SSJ100 98-seat jets in October 2015, the first two of which were delivered in summer 2016 with further following from October 2016 onwards.
Today, CityJet operates a fleet of 25 aircraft on our own-brand scheduled services and on wet lease services on behalf of Air France and SAS. In addition, we operate many ad hoc charter flights for private customers, including many from the sports and entertainment industries, as well as charter series on behalf of tour operators to tourism destinations.
CityJet is the Official Airline Partner of the Football Association of Ireland, Leinster Rugby and the ExCeL London.
Across everything we do, our focus on excellence is paramount. We aim to be the best, with the best people to deliver this. We are truly a pan-European airline, and currently have staff based in Ireland, the UK, France and the Nordic Region and will soon open a new base in Amsterdam. This year our Head Office in Dublin was transformed to an open plan layout, with our Customer Contact Centre at the heart, reflecting the open culture of the company, with the customer at the centre.”
Courtesy of cityjet.com
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