Zac Posen's new uniforms for Delta are here -- and it passes with flying colors

On Wednesday, Zac Posen officially unveiled his new uniforms for Delta Airlines. The designer's line was rolled out to nearly 64,000 employees, including both flight attendants and ground crews.

"When Delta approached me with this opportunity I could not say no — it was such an incredible challenge to dress 64,000 employees for an iconic American airline," Posen said to The Hollywood Reporter.

He sought to focus on practicality for the collection, including a major palate shift from Delta's 30-year red and blue combo to what is now deemed as "flattering" Passport Plum.

Photo: Delta

Along with the new purple palate, Posen unveiled four more colors, appropriately named Cruising Cardinal, Groundspeed Graphite, Traveling Thistle and Skyline Slate. The new hues complement his three different collections: Fly Me to the Moon, Shaping the Sky and Glamour Take Off.

Said Posen, "I wanted to bring glamour back to the runway and to 30,000 feet." The uniforms, created in collaboration with Land's End, also feature nods to the industry, including a wing-like collar. 

"As challenging as it is, there is a romance in terms of travel," explained Posen to WWD. "Sometimes we take it for granted that we are able to go anywhere in the world.”

Related: Flight attendant uniforms over the years 

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Swissair flight attendant Nelly Diener became the first air stewardess in Europe in 1934. She died later that year in the 1934 Swissair Tuttlingen accident, which killed 12 people.

Source: UP Magazine

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United Airlines stewardesses line up in front of an early Boeing 247.

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A flight attendant checks in with passengers as two men play checkers during a 1933 flight on a Boeing 247.

(Photo via University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections/Flickr)

Air hostess Dorothy Webster boards a plane in 1938 in Queensland, Australia.

(Photo by State Library of Queensland/Flickr)

A steward addresses passengers from the cockpit in the 1940s.

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Flight attendant Britt Hansson smiles in front of a "Orvar Viking" aircraft in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Flight steward Max White, assisted by passenger Jennifer Grey, washes dishes on board a January 1949 from Suvas to Sydney.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

On an autumn day in 1950, an airline stewardess arrives in Point Barrow, Alaska, the north most point of US territory.

(Photo via Preus museum/Flickr)

An airplane stewardess hugs a puppy in Alaska in the 1950s.

(Photo via Preus museum/Flickr)

Navy WAVE (United States Naval Women's Reserve) Betty M. Chaffee serves as a stewardess on a Navy Transport Squadron flight crew in 1951. She brings coffee to the pilots of the transcontinental flight, Lieutenant Junior Grade L.K. Shay (left) and Lieutenant Junior Grade J.R. Keegan (right).

(Photo via National Museum of the U.S. Navy/Flickr)

Flight attendants take a break at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam in 1962.

(Photo via Nationaal Archief/Flickr)

Passengers use a typewriter and read on a 1965 Northwest Airlines flight, as a flight attendant works in the background

(Photo via University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections/Flickr)

Austrian Airlines flight attendants pose in front of a Douglas DC-9s at Vienna International Airport.

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A flight attendant and two pilots pose outside of an aircraft. The image comes from an album belonging to Charles rector, a pilot who worked in Hollywood and flew for Mick Jagger.

(Photo via SDASM Archives/Flickr)

A Royal Dutch Airlines purser welcomes a passenger and points out her seat.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Dutch flight attendants disembark in Istanbul in 1959.

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Air Micronesia stewardesses pose with a pilot.

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A flight attendant poses in front of a turbine.

(Photo via SDASM Archives/Flickr)

Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) stewardesses pose on the tarmac.

(Photo via SDASM Archives/Flickr)

A stewardess pours coffee during a 1971 flight to Rome.

(Photo via Nationaal Archief/Flickr)

Flight attendants touch down in Las Vegas.

(Photo via SDASM Archives/Flickr)

Capitol Airlines flight attendants take a break.

(Photo via SDASM Archives/Flickr)

PSA flight attendants disembark from an airplane.

(Photo via SDASM Archives/Flickr)

A PSA flight attendant greets a first class customer.

(Photo via SDASM Archives/Flickr)

Flight attendants model the uniforms worn by South African airline National Airways Corporation hostesses between 1959 and 1975.

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Flight attendants prep a Lockheed L-1011 for takeoff during the 1970s.

(Photo via SDASM Archives/Flickr)

A PSA Airlines stewardess pours a drink for a passenger.

(Photo via SDASM Archives/Flickr)

Two stewardesses attend to first class passengers in the lounge of a PSA flight.

(Photo via SDASM Archives/Flickr)

A flight attendant poses on a turbine.

(Photo via SDASM Archives/Flickr)

An American Airlines flight attendant poses with a first class passenger in 1978.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

A group of Ethiopian Airlines flight attendants in the 1970s.

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Eastern airlines flight attendants check in on the first class cabin in 1980.

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Two flight attendants and a pilot pose in front of a fountain in the 1980s.

(Photo via SDASM Archives/Flickr)

Dutch airline Martinair stewardesses model new uniforms in 1982.

(Photo via Nationaal Archief/Flickr)

A Thai Airways International airline flight attendant presents a selection of wine during a flight from Singapore to Bangkok in 1996.

(Richard Vogel/AP Images)

Virgin Atlantic Airways flight attendants pack Princess Diana's dresses for a charity auction in 1997.

(Photo via AP Images)

On August 26, 1999, two flight attendants carry signs out of a meeting room after rejecting a tentative five-year contract with Northwest Airlines.

(Photo by Paul Sancya/AP Images)

A PBair flight attendant distributes snacks during a 2004 flight.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

A Norwegian flight attendant checks in on customers in 2015.

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