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Branson to work as air steward for three-year-old F1 bet

Apr 9, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT

Sir Richard Branson Launches The Virgin Atlantic Little Red Flight At Edinburgh Airport

Sir Richard Branson will finally make good on a bet he made three years ago when his Virgin team competed in Formula One.

The Virgin group founder and billionaire is set to honor the bet he made to Tony Fernandes about which of their teams would finish ahead in the 2010 world championship by working as an steward on Fernandes’ airline.

Fernandes ran the Lotus team (now Caterham) at the time, which beat Virgin in the constructors’ championship that year. Branson sold his stake in the team to Marussia at the end of 2011.

It has taken three years to arrange for Branson to meet the terms of the bet by working for Fernandes for a day. Yesterday AirAsia confirmed he will do so on a flight from Perth, Australia to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on Sunday 12th May.

“This is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience,” said a statement. “There will be fun and games, and of course a certain billionaire working the aisles in the famous AirAsia red cabin crew outfit.”

“Proceeds from each seat booked will be given to the Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia. A portion of all ancillary sales from the flight will also be donated to Starlight Foundation.”

Flight tickets are priced at AUS 399 (US $417) and can be purchased from airasia.com.

  1. wallio - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Old Beardy is finally payin up eh? Never thought I’d see it. Good for him though, and it ought to be a decent chunk of change for the charity too.

  2. apexassassin - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    I’ll believe it when it finally happens. He’s been putting it off for years.

  3. techmeister1 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Fernandes is an arse IMO as is his team so Branson has nothing to be ashamed of. He just bet on the wrong Dog in F1.

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