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Fabulous Photos of NAC Air Hostess Uniforms From the 1950s to 1970s

New Zealand National Airways Corporation was formed in 1947, it was the first national domestic airline of New Zealand. In 1978, NAC amalgamated with New Zealand’s international airline, Air New Zealand. The airline was headquartered in Wellington.

By the time of the merger with Air New Zealand, the fleet consisted of 25 aircraft comprising Boeing 737s and Fokker F27s. Engineering workshops were set up at Christchurch, Whenuapai (Auckland), Palmerston North, Gisborne, and Nelson.

Here below are some stunning vintage photos that show the Uniforms of NAC’s air hostess from between 1959 and 1975. Their uniforms changed over time, from stewardesses to military-influenced elegance, to apricot overcoats and bubble space helmets. It was the time when this profession was glamorous. Air hostess uniforms were at the forefront of fashion and there was stiff competition for flight attendant jobs.

Written by Orla Morris

Full-time dress and costume designer, Half Persian half Italian. I still don’t know how to write, but i'm writing and you are reading :)

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