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Hollywood star Margot Robbie inverts the classic pilot-and-cabin-crew image in an Abu Dhabi photoshoot

It’s usually the pilot with his entourage, but Margot Robbie turns the tables on this sexist trope

Tabitha Barda
26 Nov 2015 | 05:07 pm
  • Margot Robbie in the Liwa Desert.


We’re used to seeing pictures of pilots with a throng of beautiful young female cabin crew behind him, but Australian Hollywood star Margot Robbie flips this trope upside down in a photoshoot for British Airways to promote its new 787-9 Dreamliner. The blonde bombshell oozes old-world glamour in a flowing white gown from Burberry Prorsum as she swishes through the Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi, followed by five dapper-looking British Airways pilots – many of whom operated the inaugural 787-9 Dreamliner flight from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi International Airport and Muscat International Airport.

The 25-year-old actress – who first came to fame in Aussie soap Neighbours and has since broken Hollywood after starring alongside Leonardo Di Caprio in The Wolf of Wall Street – was in the UAE to attend an exclusive VIP party on Zaya Nurai Island just off the coast Abu Dhabi, along with British chart star Jessie J and fellow Hollywood star Orlando Bloom and VIP guests.

The rust-hued dunes of the stunning Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) located in the emirate of Abu Dhabi make for a romantic backdrop, perfectly complemented by the vintage styling of the photoshoot. But, in a nod to an iconic scene in her friend and co-star Leo Di Caprio’s film Catch Me If You Can, the retro glamour is given a refreshing modern twist with the fact that it’s Robbie being followed by five hunky male pilots, instead of a male pilot being followed by female cabin crew.

Abu Dhabi becomes British Airways’ second 787-9 Dreamliner destination after the airline debuted the futuristic new aircraft on its Delhi route in October.


British Airways will add the 787-9 Dreamliner – which is poised to become the mainstay of the airline’s fleet – on several more destinations including Kuala Lumpur, Austin and the airline’s upcoming new route San Jose, California, next year.

Tabitha Barda

Tabitha Barda