Lufthansa is gearing up for what is known in Bavaria as the â€œfifthâ€ season of the year, the Munich Oktoberfest.
This year, female flight attendants will be sporting a new-look dirndl, created by the well-known fashion house Loden-Frey MÃ¼nchen am Dom.
The new dirndl reflects Lufthansaâ€™s corporate colours, navy blue and yellow. The bodice and the skirt are navy blue, while the yellow apron has a delicate pattern with white daisy chains.
Male flight attendants, meanwhile, will wear traditional Bavarian suits and a tie that tones in with their colleaguesâ€™ dirndls.
On September 16, the Munich-based crew, comprising twelve women and two men dressed in the traditional Bavarian look, will take off for the first time for Los Angeles.Â On September 26, they will then depart for Boston, and on October 2 for Dubai. Lufthansa staff members first exchanged their uniforms for traditional costumes more than 50 years ago.
In 1957, the airline reported: â€œDuring the Oktoberfest, Lufthansa stewardesses dressed in dirndls will be attending to passengersâ€™ needs on flights from New York to Hamburg between September 17 and October 2, and on flights from London to Munich between September 21 and October 5.â€ On those routes, blond flight attendants wore pale_blue dirndls, while their dark_haired colleagues were dressed in pink.