The Uniform in Changing Times
The initial uniform was based on the uniform as worn by the Women's Royal Australian Navy, slightly modified for the airline, and this style would be continued for many years until TAA entered the Jet age in 1964.
In 1959 the uniform continued to maintain that 'naval' uniform appearance, instantly recognized and acknowledged in the community.
In 1964 with the arrival of the Jet age and the Boeing 727, there was a new uniform.
The new uniform was a complete change, abandoning the naval style and colour, but retaining the white 'summer' uniform colour in new materials, and a new stylish cap with the 'kangaroo' badge instead of the TAA identification patch. This uniform became standard and appeared on all aircraft.
1969 - another year of change in the sky
No new aeroplanes but a need to identify the changing times and fashions, and TAA was again creating an Australian first in airline fashion.
Once a uniform was uniform, but now a uniform was a choice of recognizable colourful styles of the latest fashion trends - mini skirts, pants suits, multi-colours, stylish boots, and fashion shoes.
Enter the new Boeing 727-276, a 150 seater, larger and more sophisticated, it was time for a change to reflect s new image, and in the main a return to a single uniform, distinctive, smart and functional.
The 1980s brought the introduction of wide bodied aircraft to Australia, and with the abandonment of the two airline policy TAA purchased Airbus A300 aircraft.
With this new aircraft came more change, a new uniform and the introduction of the term "Cabin Staff" as males were joining the ranks.