Dallas Morning News has reported that, beginning March 2, more than 50,000 American Airlines employees began wearing new uniforms from Lands´ End, the company said.
The new uniforms will replace the uniforms that were introduced three years and resulted in complaints of rashes, irritation and headaches from employees.
It´s the first time since American´s merger with US Airways in 2013 that customer-facing employees are all wearing the same uniforms, except for about a year starting in 2016 when employees had uniforms from supplier Twin Hill. More than 5,000 flight attendants complained that the Twin Hill uniforms gave them rashes, hives and headaches and American eventually dropped the supplier.
American issued about 1.5 million pieces of the Twin Hill apparel.
The new uniforms are supplied by Lands´ End, an apparel retailer based in Wisconsin. It beat out 20 other suppliers for the contract after input from unions representing uniform-wearing employees.
About half of all American Airlines employees are required to wear the new Lands´ End uniforms, including flight attendants, customer service and gate agents as well as workers in the carrier´s airport lounges.
American will cover the cost for the first set of uniforms. The cost for replacements depends on which union contract workers are covered under.
American employees have been testing out uniforms privately since October. American is offering materials such as a wool blend, microfiber and cotton options.