Coffee, tea or Branson?

More than two years after losing a friendly bet to AirAsia group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes on who had the better Formula 1 team, Sir Richard Branson will finally make good on his promise and serve onboard the AirAsia X flight D7 237 from Perth to KL on 12 May as a flight attendant.

With shaven legs and wearing a sexy red skirt and high heels, Virgin Group’s Sir Branson will make history 35,000 feet in the sky all in the name of charity as AUD100 from every seat sold will be donated to the Starlight Children’s Foundation in Australia.

The airline will also donate 10% of all in-flight sales including duty-free merchandise sold on board the flight to the foundation. Guests will also have an opportunity to make donations on board the special flight.

Sir Branson and Fernandes had wagered on which one of their Formula One racing teams (then Virgin and Lotus) would finish ahead of each other in their debut season of the 2010 Formula One Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, and that the loser would serve as a female flight attendant on board the winner’s airline. Fernandes’ then Team Lotus finished two spots above Sir Branson’s Marussia Virgin Racing team in the final rankings.

“I’ve done some outrageous things in my time but this will be up there with the best of them,” Sir Branson 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. I’ve just got to practice walking in high heels first,” he added.

Fernandes said there is no better way in honouring Branson’s loss in the wager by donating to a charity organisation.

Fares will cost RM1,308* (AUD399*) one way.

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