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Alaska Airlines Introduces a New Uniform Designed to Top Safety Standards

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In accordance with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX, the highest industry standard for safety, Alaska Airlines unveils its new Luly Yang custom-designed uniform collection. With the new designs, Alaska and Horizon Air have become the first U.S. airlines to achieve this certification.

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX, developed in 1992 by an international consortium of textile research and testing institutes, ensures that garments meet or exceed global safety standards with regards to harmful substances.

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Thus, the completed uniforms are certified down to the tiniest detail, from the material to the thread to the dyes.

To achieve this standard, Alaska and Yang teamed up with Unisync Group Limited of Toronto, one of the largest uniform suppliers in North America, to produce custom fabrics, buttons and signature accessories for the new program, ensuring the garments provide optimal on-the-job performance and earn the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX certification.

The design has been continually modified since its debut in 2018, with more than 175 employees offering their input after putting the uniforms to the test on the job.

In addition, thousands of uniformed employees were surveyed to get insight into what should be included in the new uniforms. Overwhelmingly, the top requests from employees were more pockets and designs that look great on all body shapes and sizes and were suited for a wide range of climates.

In total, Alaska’s custom uniforms incorporate more than 100,000 zippers, 1 million buttons, 500,000 yards of fabric and use well over 30 million yards of thread. Luly Yang also incorporated unique features including water-resistant materials, activewear fabrics, longer shirt tails that don’t untuck from skirts and trousers and flexible textiles that move with the body.

Horizon Air and Alaska Lounge concierges are already donning the new uniforms. The remaining staff should be receiving their own uniforms in early 2020.

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Airlines Scaling Back On Some In-Flight Services Due to Coronavirus

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A few airlines, including those already affected by the coronavirus outbreak, have begun scaling back on some in-flight services as a way to help fight the virus.

The Points Guy writes that Singapore Airlines – obviously based in Asia, where the coronavirus has been most dangerous after originating in China – recently sent its frequent fliers an email about such changes.

Singapore advised its customers that some in-flight amenities will be discontinued, such as hot towel service, after-takeoff drink service, removal of reading materials from seat-back pockets, and suspension of in-flight sales.

Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research, said that Chinese and Taiwanese carriers have taken similar precautionary steps based on government guidance, including removing pillows and blankets on some flights.

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“They’re changing their cabin service procedures, so the passengers will notice this,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy.

But Harteveldt also remained optimistic that passengers wouldn’t pitch a fit given the circumstances.

“Passengers will accept (the reduction in services) because they’re being done in the interest of health and wellness,” he said.

As the virus, now known as covid-19, continues to expand globally, it remains to be seen if other airlines – including those based in the U.S. who offer international travel – adopt the same practice.

The aviation industry is quite often a copycat business, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see some similar changes put into place.

“As adults, we have to be logical and rational when we experience these inconveniences,” Harteveldt told The Points Guy. “This isn’t cost-cutting, this isn’t random, this is in the best interest of public health.”

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