Date finalised for Branson stewardess bet
8 April 2013 – Virgin founder Richard Branson will fulfil a long-standing bet with fellow airline boss Tony Fernandes when he acts as a stewardess on an AirAsia flight on 12 May.
The deal came about in 2010 when Fernandes bet Branson that his then named Lotus Racing squad would finish ahead of Virgin Racing in their debut campaigns, with the loser having to serve as a female flight attendant on the rival's airline.
Lotus outplaced Virgin in the standings, despite both teams failing to score a point, with Branson preparing to honour the deal on a flight from Australia to Malaysia.
"The day of reckoning for Sir Richard has finally arrived," Fernandes, whose Formula 1 team is now known as Caterham, explained in an Air Asia press release on Monday morning. "Both 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 Richard who will be working for me as a sassy flight attendant."
Branson, who is no longer involved in the running of the now named Marussia squad, will undertake the full role of a stewardess, attending to the needs of those on-board by responding to personal requests as well as serving food and beverages.
Tickets for the one-way flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur cost $399 Australian dollars (£269), with over a quarter of the value going to the Starlight Children's foundation.