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  Volume: XXIV, Issue No. 05 October 16-31, 2014  
     
 
   
 
   
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  Branson finally graduates as AirAsia's flight attendant
 
 
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Perth : A sultry, lipstick-wearing Sir Richard Branson finally earned his stripes as AirAsia's flight attendant on May 12, when he honoured his friendly wager on board AirAsia X's D7 237 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur.
The Virgin Group founder and chairman shaved his legs, slipped into a sexy red skirt and took to the skies on May 12 as a female flight attendant on a special AirAsia X charity flight which departed Perth this morning.
The flamboyant entrepreneur spent the five and half hour journey pouring coffee or tea, serving meals, distributing goodies, entertaining and making in-flight announcements for the lucky guests and international media on the flight which helped to raise money for the Starlight Children's Foundation.
The event came more than two years after losing a bet to AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes.
Sir Richard and Fernandes had wagered on which one of their Formula One racing teams 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' team finished two spots above Sir Richard's team in the final rankings.
"He is an entrepreneur, visionary, knight and adventurer, Sir Richard can now also add AirAsia flight attendant to his long list of credentials," Fernandes said.
"Sir Richard graduated as a member of the AirAsia cabin crew with flying colours and he performed all his in-flight duties with his usual good-humour and enthusiasm. Sir Richard is truly a great sport and AirAsia is pleased to be able to contribute to those in need through this charity flight."
Sir Richard Branson said, "This has been a real first for me but I have enjoyed the experience and I have nothing but respect for what our fabulous flight attendants do every day to keep us safe."
"I am also grateful to have had Tony, whom I lost the bet to, willingly help me out on the flight. I trust we kept the passengers well fed and amused. It was a lot of fun."
"I've always said I'm a man of my word and I'm happy to have finally honoured the bet and contributed to a great charity along the way."
AirAsia X will be contributing A$100 from each seat sold to the Starlight Children's Foun-dation in Australia.
The airline will also donate 10 per cent of all inflight sales including duty free merchandise sold on board the flight to the foundation.
   
 
 
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