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SWA Uniform Qustion

qxeplt

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SWA Uniform Question

Does anyone know if SWA allows their pilots to wear any white aviator shirt or does it have to be their issue. If not then what issue is it?

I'm wondering cause a have a bunch of new Van Heusen "The Aviator" shirts.

Thanks
 
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Snoopy58

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Your Van Heusens are probably fine, as long as they don't have the pre-punched holes in them for wings. As long as your shirt doesn't look out of place, nobody cares where you bought it. Plenty of guys wear Van Heusen shirts at SWA.
 

ILS JNKY

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shirts

No Van heusen here, just IKE BEHAR CUSTOM man they fit nice and don't pull out.also Zena dress black slacks, soft to the touch///////////////////////////////
 

Ted Striker

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Why no pre-punched holes for wings? Just curious....
 

dhampton

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cool leather jackets

You'll get order forms for the jackets the first week of class. It takes 4-6 weeks to get your jacket. Total cost is $375 - $435 including shipping (all uniforms are payroll deduct at a rate of $30 a paycheck). There are samples downstairs in the training center you can try on for proper fit. Since I fly mostly on the west coast I got the zip out liner. If you aren't sure you want one, let me just say this: chicks dig them.

If you worked at a carrier that has the same jacket (SkyWest, CoEx), the company will send it to the vendor to be converted to SWA buttons and embroidery ($80). You will get your old embroidered lining back.
 

Ted Striker

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Well then, that makes sense. Thanks!
 

GuppyPuppy

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Like the leather jackets

Had one at SkyWest. Used it at EWA. Can't use it at UA!

I brought up the idea of leather jackets for UA pilots and/or the UA Shuttle (when it was still around) pilots to a Captain I was flying with. He told me that he didn't think they were very professional. He said that we are a business airline and the business folks expected us to dress appropriately. He further stated that pilots who wear leather jackets while on duty are not professional pilots!!! He seemed quite offended that I would have even brought up the idea.

What a sap! Can this guy possibly be any more of a geek? Thank God most pilots I have flown with aren't this idiotic, but we still don't have the option of wearing leather jackets.

Enjoying my summer in SE AK!!!

Cheers!

GP

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dhampton

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The wings are on the jacket not the shirt, hence no holes needed in the shirt. The leather jacket has wings embroidered on a removable leather patch along with your name. The traditional pilot jacket, which now hangs in my garage under plastic, has shiny metal wings on the chest.
 

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one thing i notice flying out of MCO is that pilots for SWA always seem to have sanitized their uniform, whether jumpseating or just riding the employee bus to the parking lot.

is this required by your airline, or do they just do it to avoid having every other pax coming up and asking them where the baggage claim is?

i was told before that they did it to avoid having to wear the hat...
 

dhampton

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Sanitized uniform

It is more likely due to the tie because we can't wear a partial uniform. If you want to take the tie off, you have to take the rest of the stuff off too (bars and hat). We don't have wings, so "sanitizing" is that much easier.
 

MLBWINGBORN

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Hey guys..

Shirts can be pleated pockets..Just no wing holes in pocket flaps or shirt fronts..

The Pilot House has a great selection of shirts and offer a airline discount..

One of the other reasons for not having wings is per the contract the company has to provide all required wings/patches..

In other words...costs too much to have several thousand sets of wings when knowbody really cares for them anyway..

As for the United guy and the wearing of our beluved leather jacket..

His attitude and others like him are one of the reasons that United is where they are today..

I have many friends there and almost every one of them have one thing in common..

They all hate to go to work..

So..I will keep on wearing my silly looking leather bomber jacket and continue to work with other folks that also enjoy wearing theirs..

And LUV every minute of it..


Mike
 
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