When I flew Etihad in 2005 I was pretty excited to fly with such a brand new airline. They had only recently started flights to Toronto, and they were fantastic. Beginning with the Cabin Manager, who welcome us on board, to the last leg back to Toronto, it was photo after photo of this great airline's crew. The route was YYZ-BRU-AUH-KHI v.v. They now fly nonstop using the Airbus A340-600 and are rumoured to begin with the Boeing 777-300ER from summer'09 with day arrivals and night departures. They seemed really interested in ready to pose and that made it so much easier for me. I only repeated this madness of chasing the cabin crew for pics with Emirates and have flown Lufthansa and Qantas after that but did not take any photos with the latter two!!
Much to the surprise of the cabin crew being photographed as well as to those who I showed the pics to, I was told by some other cabin crew friends that it never happens to them!
I must have really caused quite a riot on those flights requesting these photos. The Etihad flights were on the Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 767-300, while the Emirates flights were on the Airbus A340-500 (out of JFK) and the Boeing 777-300, unfortunately not the 773ER! So the next time you know see somebody with a camera wanting to get a pic of you as cabin crew, feel like a celebrity! The complete details of these pics are at Etihad Airways and Emirates . Oh and while you are at it, you could view the trip pics of Lufthansa and Qantas