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Branson to be stewardess on Air Asia flight

Richard Branson as an air stewardess for Air 

Richard Branson is going to be a trolley dolly for AirAsia X’s flight D7 237 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur on May 12.

Two years after losing a bet with AirAsia CEO Tony Fernades, Branson has finally set a date to honour the wager over whose Formula One team would finish higher in the 2010 racing championships.

The two airline owner and F1 racing team bosses agreed that whoever lost the bet and finished lower in the championship would have to dress up as an air hostess and work the aisle, serving passengers on the rival airline.


Both the Virgin Racing Formula One and Lotus Racing finished with zero points but fortunately for Fernades the Lotus F1 team secured better finishes overall and he won.

The Virgin boss will be required to wear AirAsia X’s regulation red stewardess outfit, black tights or stockings with high-heels and make-up. And according to a press release on the Air Asia website the 62-year-old businessman will have to shave his legs too.

AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer, Tony Fernandes says, “As an AirAsia X’s flight attendant, he has to comply with our grooming standards and that includes shaving his legs, donning high heels, putting on some makeup and slipping into the AirAsia’s famous red uniform.”

“He will be committed to carry out the responsibilities of a flight attendant, including offering coffee, tea and other food and beverages to guests on the special six-hour Perth to Kuala Lumpur flight.”

As well as stepping up to honour the wager Branson is using the flight to raise money for the Starlight Children Foundation. So for just AUD399 you can have the billionaire businessman cater to your every whim from Perth to Kuala Lumpur on 12 May, departing at 05:50 (WST). Book your tickets here and AUD100 will be donated by AirAsia X to the charity dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children in Australia.

“I’ve done some outrageous things in my time but this will be up there with the best of them,” Sir Richard said.

“Tony won our bet fair and square and I’m a man of my word – so I will dress up and make a splash in the name of Starlight, a fantastic charity. I’ve just got to practice walking in high heels first.”