Award-Winning Flexjet Red Label Pilot Uniforms honored with Image of the Year
May 12, 2017
The design’s innovative approach and stylish details set the uniform apart in the competition.
CLEVELAND, May 12, 2017 – Flexjet LLC, offering travelers access to the world’s most luxurious fleet of private jets, today announced that the company’s Red Label Pilot uniforms were honored with an Image of the Year Award from the North-American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD).
Image of the Year is an annual awards program hosted by NAUMD that recognizes organizations exhibiting the very best in workplace apparel. Recipients of the award are selected by independent judges for the originality of the design, projection of branding, functionality for the job, and use of technology and innovation.
Flexjet’s innovative gray and black uniform is a divergence from the ordinary. In fact, the color and materials used are exclusive to Flexjet. Designed in harmony with the Flexjet LXi cabin collection interiors, and utilizing premium materials in contemporary colors, Flexjet pilots enjoy a unique and award-winning look. Our customers can now easily recognize their crews within moments of arriving at the FBO due to the unique and exclusive look. This was a key design criterion.
Flexjet closely collaborated with Affinity Apparel to produce the uniforms in time for premier of the “Red Label by Flexjet” program. This award was Affinity’s ninth consecutive win in the Image of the Year category.
“When we launched the Red Label program, we also sought to create uniforms that are as unique as the program itself and would distinguish our crewmembers from others,” said Ric Michaels, Flexjet Director of Global Product Intelligence, and designer of the LXi cabin collection interiors and crew uniforms. “Affinity was instrumental in helping us achieve our lofty vision. Their creativity and attention to detail helped set Flexjet apart from contemporaries in the industry.”
The details of the pilot uniform helped it to stand out in the award competition and every day in the field. A pale yellow woven tie appears silver against a stunning dark grey shirt. Michaels said the choice brings a harmony with the aircraft exterior paint scheme plus the grey jet cockpits.
Flexjet Red Label Large Cabin pilots wear custom double-breasted blazers befitting of a world-class crew. Details, which were inspired by Air Force original designs, include classic sewn-on sleeve braiding to highlight the Captain’s rank. The blazers and shirts are highlighted by silver and black epaulets. These subtle design details portray a passion for aviation that stood out to the judges.
The black slacks are detailed with a thin pinstripe. The camel-colored leather belts frame a Flexjet etched logo belt buckle. Winter wear includes an exclusive branded brown leather bomber jacket manufactured to full military spec including silk lining “inlay map of Europe.” Lightweight city jackets complete seasonal wear.
Flexjet first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995, and celebrated its 21st anniversary in May 2016. Flexjet offers fractional jet ownership and leasing. Flexjet’s fractional aircraft program is the first in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard, is the first and only company to be honored with 18 FAA Diamond Awards for Excellence, upholds an ARG/US Platinum Safety Rating and is IS-BAO compliant. Flexjet’s fractional program fields an exclusive array of business aircraft—some of the youngest in the fractional jet industry, with an average age of approximately six years—including their LXi Cabin Collection consisting of the Learjet 75LXi, Challenger 350, the Embraer Legacy 450 and 500, Global Express, the Gulfstream G450, G500 and G650, and the Aerion AS2 supersonic business jets. In addition, the overall jet collection includes the Embraer Phenom 300, Challenger 300 and Challenger 605. Flexjet is a member of the Directional Aviation family of companies. For more details on innovative programs and flexible offerings, visit www.flexjet.com or follow us on Twitter @Flexjet.
About Affinity Apparel
Affinity Apparel, located in Fairborn, OH, is a national provider of uniforms and branded apparel. Affinity offers a full array of product and program management solutions for global, national and regional programs. Affinity Apparel manages programs of all sizes in a variety of industries including transportation, retail, security, utilities, automotive manufacturing, hospitality, beverage distributors, healthcare and more. We have long standing client partnerships with some of the world’s most iconic brands. In business for over 115 years, with our longest running client relationship dating back over 85 years, our expertise is unmatched in the uniform industry.
The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) has served as the voice of the uniform and image apparel industries since 1933. Its 500+ members include manufacturers, designers, producers, and retailers of uniforms, as well as those who produce products and services for the industry at large.
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