Branson to be stewardess on AirAsia flight
19 December 2012 – Virgin boss Richard Branson will honour his bet with former Caterham Team Principal Tony Fernandes next year, acting as a stewardess on an AirAsia flight in May.
Back in 2010, the two aviation giants placed a bet as to whose team would finish higher in the Formula 1 Constructors' standings. Branson, who joined the sport as a title sponsor of Virgin Racing before it became known as Marussia, and Fernandes (who ran the team formerly named Lotus Racing) agreed that whoever lost would make a one-off appearance as a stewardess on the competitor's airline.
Lotus Racing finished tenth in its first season, while Virgin Racing could only manage twelth. Despite a two year delay, partly due to Branson injuring his knee in a skiing accident, Fernandes has confirmed that the deal will be honoured.
Speaking via Twitter, Fernandes explained: "Now here is a man with honor @richardbranson who just contacted me to honor his bet. He will be an AirAsia stewardess in May on AirAsia. 2 years late but main point he hasn't forgotten."