Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sir Richard Branson will serve as air stewardess on 12 May 2013

The passengers on AirAsia X Flight D7 237 from Perth for Kuala Lumpur on on Sunday, 12 May, 2013 at 06:50 (WST) will witness a historic event and have the privilege to be served by a billionaire! At last Virgin Group owner Sir Richard Branson decided the date to shave his legs, slip into a red skirt and take to the skies as a female flight attendant with AirAsia X.

Yes, seriously. If somehow you do not know the story: Back in 2010, Richard Branson and Air Asia's owner Tony Fernandes had Formula One racing teams; Virgin and Lotus. They wager on who would finish ahead of each other in their debut season of the 2010 Formula One Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. The loser would serve as a female flight attendant on board the winner's airline. Well, Tony Fernandes' then Team Lotus finished two spots above Sir Richard’s Marussia Virgin Racing team in the final rankings.

Tony Fernandes of course will not miss the chance to be served by his rival and will be on the flight. Booking for the flight is available until 12 May, 2013 (but probably will be sold out in a very short time) for travel on 12 May, 2013. Fares will cost A$399 one way and Air Asia X will donate A$100 from each seat to the Starlight Children’s Foundation in Australia. Air Asia X will also donate 10% of all inflight sales including duty free merchandise sold on board the flight to the foundation.

“The day of reckoning for Sir Richard has finally arrived,” Mr Fernandes said. “Both [Sir] Richard and I have come full circle and who would have thought my mentor will be serving as a flight attendant on AirAsia. It’s an awkward moment when you go down memory lane and recall the times I used to work for Richard. And it’s hilarious to think now, that it’s [Sir] Richard who will be working for me as a sassy flight attendant. 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 6-hour Perth to Kuala Lumpur flight. You never know, it might just be you being served by the legendary, dedicated flight attendant Sir Richard on this once-in-a-lifetime flight, and there’s no better way in honouring his loss in the wager by donating to a charity organisation like Starlight Children Foundation.”

Sir Richard Branson will shave his legs, slip into a red skirt and take to the skies as
a female flight attendant with AirAsia X.
“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.”

The charity flight will also be filled with fun games and activities for the guests.

Azran Osman Rani, CEO of AirAsia X said, “We are excited to have Sir Richard on-board AirAsia X’s flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur this May. Both Richard and Tony are two prominent entrepreneurial figures in aviation, and sports which is a testament that we can achieve anything if we are fuelled by passion, grit, determination and never take no for an answer. I am also glad that we are able to contribute to those in need through this charity flight.”

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