New European budget airline Play debuts livery and stylish non-gender specific crew uniforms

Jun 15, 2021

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Europe’s newest low-cost airline plans to fly in style to make a good first impression.

Play, a new carrier out of Iceland, showed off its bright red-and-white livery on its first 192-seat Airbus A321neo jet on its Facebook page ahead of its official launch.

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The airline is set to begin operations from 24 June with four flights weekly (Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) between its home base of Reykjavik Airport (KEF) and London Stansted (STN) in Essex. Being that Iceland is one of just 11 countries on the U.K.’s green list at the moment, it could bode well for Play’s timely launch.

The following weeks will see Play begin routes to six other European cities, including Alicante (ALC), Barcelona (BCN), Berlin (BER), Copenhagen (CPH), Paris (CPH), and Tenerife South (TFS).

Right now, you can find flights from London (STN) to Reykjavik (KEF) in early July for as little as 33 euros (about £28) one-way. The airline’s COVID-19 flexibility policy allows travellers to change travel plans booked before 31 August 2021, up to 48 hours before the flight, with no fee. If travel plans need to be cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Play will offer a refund in the form of a travel voucher that is valid for one year.

As with most budget airlines, additional fees can pile up if you don’t read up ahead of time. Regarding baggage, Play lets passengers bring one carry-on bag with maximum dimensions, which include handles and wheels. The bag must fit under the seat in front of you.

If you need to check another bag, it will cost you between 21-28 euros (£18-£24), but it gets you priority boarding access. There are other fees for checking popular holiday items such as golf clubs and skis, which are listed on the Play website.

Ahead of the official launch, the airline also unveiled its stylish new uniforms cabin crew will wear on board, which also break new ground for the airline industry. The new outfits blend chic casual with activewear, ditching heels for sneakers and adding unisex blazers, sweatshirts and puffy jackets.

The airline’s uniforms are also perhaps the first “gender non-specific” flight attendant uniforms in the industry. Crew members are allowed to mix and match items from the entire collection, including pieces that would normally be reserved for employees who identify as either male or female.

(Photo courtesy of Play)

“We really wanted to throw out all those old ideas about airline uniforms and bring in more comfort,” according to designer couple Gunni Hilmars and Kolla, who were hired to create the new ensemble.

Play’s A321neos are part of Airbus’ more fuel-efficient line of narrow-body passenger jets. Play’s first aircraft used to be operated by Interjet before the Mexican airline suspended flights in late 2020. Play is adding two more A321neos to its fleet next month.

Play was founded in 2019, following the demise of WOW Air, with the intention of offering low-cost travel options to and from Iceland.

Featured photo courtesy of Play.

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