THAI Airways International Public Company Limited, a state-owned airline, has introduced a new uniform concept for female flight attendants called “FROM PURPLE TO PURPOSE” This initiative is in line with the Zero Waste Living sustainable development policy and will be implemented from January 1, 2024.
Piyasvasti Amranand, Chairman of the Company’s Business Rehabilitation Plan Management Committee, announced this news together with Chansin Treenuchakorn, Director of the Business Rehabilitation Plan, and Chai Iamsiri, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, and the management team on October 25.
Thai Airways’ new uniform for female flight attendants is made from a blend of traditional Thai silk and fibers derived from recycled materials, specifically PET plastic bottles left on planes. One uniform uses 54 PET plastic bottles. The fabric is made of 70% recycled plastic fibers and 30% Thai silk, which makes it more sustainable without significantly increasing production costs.
The new uniforms are designed to be distinctive, easy to maintain and flexible for practical use. They have also undergone safety testing to meet international standards.
In a significant change, the company now allows its employees to wear the Thai uniform directly from home. This eliminates the previous practice of only being allowed to wear the Thai uniform on the plane.
This change represents a new dimension for Thai Airways as a national airline and offers people the opportunity to see Thai uniforms as part of soft power. Currently, 80 percent of Thai Airways’ passengers are international travelers and 20 percent are Thai nationals.
Aside from uniforms, the company has begun sustainable development in a wide range of sectors, including increasing efficiency and reducing the use of aviation fuel by providing services on modern aeroplanes and engines with low fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, using the Single Engine Taxi technique, reducing load weight, and planning for the use of SAF-Sustainable Aviation Fuel.