Bankrupt Italian carrier, waiting to see who will buy it or dismantle it within months, has ordered new uniforms for its cabin staff, the second time in two years it's done so.
Alitalia, cut loose by its major owner, Etihad, and unable to find new financing or an arrangement with its staff, has been bankrupt and under control of an adminsitrative board that is tasked with selling it or shutting it down.
The last time the uniform-change announcement was made was May 2016, with hopes that a new look would be part of a big turnaround, but the company continued to fail. Now the company says it's responding to "numerous requests" from staff for more comfort.
The board, which hired the Alberta Ferretti fashion house for the design task, says "the cooperation with the fashion house for the design and creation of the new Alitalia uniform does not involve any financial disbursement by Alitalia." However, while it may be that there's no fee being charged for design work, free uniforms are not likely in the end.