Male staff at Aer Lingus show off their new Irish made uniforms.

All Aer Lingus front-line male staff, with the exception of pilots, are  to wear the same uniform. There are some minor differences; ground staff will still have stripes on the sleeves, while cabin crew, regardless of rank will have stripes only on epaulettes. The uniform is completely made in Ireland.

Aer Lingus Chief Hostess-Europe, Liz Howard explains the decision to introduce the new uniform for front-line male staff.

This gave us a stronger sense of identity and also of course it made it easier for passengers to recognise our passenger service staff.

Aer Lingus flight attendant Maggie Sutherland is impressed with her stylish male colleagues,

I think they look absolutely terrific, they really do look very, very smart.

Flight attendant Tadgh O'Halloran is very happy with his new look and is delighted to be on a par with his female counterparts in the uniform stakes.

It’s nice, smart, clean, crisp looking uniform, its comfortable to wear, it’s going to be very comfortable and functional to work in, in all climates, it’s going to be ideally suitable for travelling long distances.

Liz Howard thinks the male and female Aer Lingus staff will now,

Complement one other and the men look splendid today.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 June 1988. The reporter is Andrew Kelly.