Flight attendants trade heels for sneakers on Ukraine’s SkyUp Airlines

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Alexandrina Denisenko, a senior flight attendant with seven years of experience, says she sometimes doesn’t get an extra minute to sit on a flight and dreams of resting her swollen feet after spending hours wearing heels .

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SkyUp Airlines, the privately owned Ukrainian carrier that employs Denisenko, decided to eliminate the heels and pencil skirts after collecting feedback from flight attendants about their uniforms.

The new SkyUp uniform for women now includes a loose orange suit and a silk scarf with white Nike sneakers and trousers, both made by Ukrainian brands. A white T-shirt will replace the blouse.

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Denisenko told Reuters: “The shoes (with) heels look beautiful, I don’t argue with that, but by the end of the flight the legs are sore and swollen. The sneakers are absolutely cool.”

“God forbid, but if a crew has to get into the water and make an evacuation. The heel can damage the ladder and it won’t be very comfortable to swim in a skirt,” she said.

The company said they researched the history of cabin crew uniforms and decided to drop “conservative” elements of flight attendants’ looks. The braid will now replace the tight bun or ponytail hairstyle.
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“We learned that despite the fact that the image of a female flight attendant is very romantic, her job requires a lot of physical training,” said Marianna Grigorsch, head of marketing at SkyUp Airlines.

The new uniform will be officially launched on October 22.

Grigorsch said the company also plans to launch a new uniform for the male crew. It will have a lighter suit instead of a vest, and a T-shirt instead of a shirt combined with black Nike sneakers.

“If the whole world and all the fashionistas wear sneakers, why not bring it to aviation?” said the flight attendant Zoriana.

photo credit: Reuters/Gleb Garanich

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