The new BUA Uniform - 1967
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In 1966 BUA decided to update their corporate livery and in July 1966 plans were finalised. The sandstone and blue livery was given to VC10 G-ASIX first, which flew in it on 11th August to South America. Next, G-ASIW was completed at Gatwick by 1st September and one of the Africargo Britannias was rolled out on the same day by Aviation Traders. November 1966 saw the first 1-11 fly in the new colours. The jet aircraft fleet were completed by March 1967.
With the aircraft fleet being updated; the crew uniforms were next when the latest matching blue uniforms were unveiled on 5th July 1967. The unveiling took place at 15,000ft during a 45 minute champagne flight over Southern England; Captain Dennis Robinson was in command.
The uniform was modelled in-flight by BUA hostesses:- Diana Moundson (Senior Flight Hostess) and Diana Harte, Wendy Rivett, Sylvia Codd and Rita Gane. Superintendent Hostess Joan Merriman was compere for the airbourne show.
Once back at Gatwick, hostesses Gill Ottway, Maureen O'Sullivan and Susan Buckner joined the line up along with two professional models; Felicity Downer and Elaine Mitchell.
The 40 or so assembled press photographers persuaded one of the BUA hostesses to walk out onto the wing of the 1-11, minus her shoes of course.
The old BUA uniform was last seen on 7th November when four hostesses arrived back at Gatwick from South America. They had left on the outbound service before the uniform roll-out date , so were the last to change over. But a very quick changover for 400 BUA cabin crew.
The other divisions of BUA, BUA Channel Islands, changed over later in March 1968 and the uniform continued it's roll out to all staff by 1969.
Below we have some colour photos of one of those uniforms recently seen on the internet... as well as the press pack at Gatwick with the line up and also one of 22 Jersey based BUA CA hostesses in their new uniforms.
Twenty two of BUA CI's hostesses
The BUA uniform recently seen on the internet
The assembled line up of BUA hostesses and models, the press pack and the 1-11 in the background