We’re designing a new uniform

We’re delighted to announce plans to redesign our uniform. The newly designed uniform will be revealed in spring 2019 and will be worn by all Ground Staff and Cabin Crew. This exciting project will be led by renowned Irish designer Louise Kennedy.

Our famous ‘teal green’ uniform that is currently worn by our crews was also designed by Louise Kennedy and makes history in that it has been the longest-running Aer Lingus uniform – first taking to the ‘runway’ in 1998.

Louise Kennedy Designer

We embarked on a significant journey in the last three years which has seen our iconic brand, steeped in history, move into the modern day, and the introduction of a new modernised uniform brings this journey full circle.

Designed by Sybil Connolly of Pimms in 1945, our first-ever uniform was a military-style rich brown suit, which then became green a few years later in 1948. Since then, green has remained a primary colour in our uniform, making it instantly recognisable not just in Ireland but across the globe.

A total of ten uniform designs have been created from a host of leading Irish fashion names including Irene Gilbert, Neillí Mulcahy, Digby Morton, Ib Jorgensen, Paul Costello and Louise Kennedy.

We carried out extensive feedback sessions with staff across many departments within the airline to get views on the current uniform and to discuss what the new uniform should address in terms of ground staff and cabin crew needs in today’s working environment.

The key objective of the redesign is to create a contemporary uniform that will retain a modern look over time and will fully meet the needs of today’s airline staff. The scope of the project covers a complete redesign of all uniform pieces for cabin and ground operations staff. It also will include selecting fabrics for each garment and working with the manufacturing partners to develop the final design and materials.

Our uniforms throughout the decades…


The airline’s first cabin crew, or air hostesses as they were known in 1945, were dressed by acclaimed designer Sybil Connolly of Pimms, in a military-style rich brown suit, a calf-length skirt, long blazer and hat.

We first took flight in May 1936 and in an aircraft named “Iolar” (Eagle) from Baldonnel to Bristol. The network grew to include the Isle of Man that summer and London in 1936. From 1936 until 1945 – Aer Lingus flights were not operated by ‘air hostesses’ – this first began in 1945.


In 1948, the first green uniforms were introduced, with a two-piece green tweed suit, a skirt and jacket, with a cream blouse.


1958 saw Irene Gilbert’s design – an elegant green and orange fleck tweed suit with a lemon coloured blouse and gloves to match.


The 1963 uniform was designed by Neillí Mulcahy, one of Ireland’s leading fashion designers in the 1950s and 1960s. The design featured a three-piece navy blue and green check uniform, made from Magee Donegal tweed. This uniform also introduced the first handbag, which was navy and matched the gloves.


The 1966 uniform was again designed by Irene Gilbert and saw the return to a green suit with and lemon blouse, this time featuring the mini-skirt style of the time, and a Jackie Kennedy-style pillbox hat, worn with navy gloves.


In 1970, the uniform was re-drawn again, with a green pinafore dress and peaked cap by Digby Morton.


Aer Lingus Uniform Ib Jorgensen

The next two designs, introduced in 1975 and 1986, were both created by Ib Jorgensen. A scarf was included for the first time, and both uniforms also featured a hat (a flat cap in 1975, followed by a navy velvet beret in 1986).


Paul Costello designed two uniforms in a summer and winter version, which were introduced in 1989 and 1990 respectively, which paired a straight navy jacket with a green and blue striped skirt.


1998 saw the latest change of uniform, to the current design by Louise Kennedy.