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Flight attendants exchange heels for sneakers at SkyUp Airlines of Ukraine

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Alexandrina Denysenko, a senior flight attendant with seven years of experience, says she sometimes doesn’t get even a minute to sit during a flight and dreams of resting her swollen legs after spending hours on her heels.

SkyUp Airlines, the privately owned Ukrainian company that employs Denysenko, decided to end up with heels and pencil skirts after collecting comments from flight attendants about his uniform.

The new SkyUp women’s uniform now includes white Nike sneakers and a loose orange dress with pants and a silk handkerchief, both made by Ukrainian brands. White t-shirts will replace blouses.

“The shoes (with heels) look beautiful, I don’t argue with that, but the feet suffer and swell at the end of the flight. The shoes are absolutely great,” Denysenko told Reuters.

“God forbid, but if a crew has to make a water landing and evacuation. Heels can damage the ladder and it won’t be very comfortable to swim with a skirt,” he said.

The company said they investigated the history of cabin crew uniforms and decided to abandon what they called “conservative” elements of a flight attendant’s appearance. The braids will now replace a tight hairstyle or ponytail.

“We found that while the image of a female flight attendant is highly romanticized, her job requires a lot of physical training,” said SkyUp Airlines marketing department head Marianna Grygorash.

The new uniform will be officially launched on October 22nd.

Grygorash said the company also plans to launch a new uniform for male crew. She will wear a light suit instead of a vest and a t-shirt instead of a t-shirt, paired with black Nike sneakers.

“If everyone and all fashionistas wear sneakers, why not wear them to aviation?” said flight operator Zoryana.

Photo credit: REUTERS / Gleb Garanich

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