Monday, May 13, 2013

Sir Richard Branson, Chairman & Founder of Virgin Group, spills drink on Air Asia Boss, Tony Fernandes, while serving as Air Asia's flight attendant!!! 12 May 2013

SEPANG,SELANGOR, MALAYSIA 12 May 2013- A sultry, lipstick-wearing Sir Richard Branson finally earned his stripes as AirAsia’s flight attendant today, 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 Sunday, 12th May 2013, as a female flight attendant on a special AirAsia X charity flight which departed Perth, Australia.

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 Mr 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.

Mr 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,” Mr 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 AUD$100 from each seat sold to the Starlight Children’s Foundation in Australia.

The airline will also donate 10% of all inflight sales including duty free merchandise sold on board the flight to the foundation. AirAsia BIG loyalty program will also play a part by running a “Tweet2Donate BIG” social media campaign with the aim to garner 1 million BIG points from its members, equivalent to MYR10,000 (AUD3200*) to be channelled to the charity foundation.

AirAsia X estimates to raise over AUD200, 000 from the activities carried out during the cocktail and in-flight services.

The Starlight Children Foundation was established in Australia 1988 and this year celebrating its 25th year, Starlight is dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children, and their families, around the country.

In preparation for his new role, Sir Richard had his legs publicly shaved during a cocktail event in Perth on Saturday, 11th May 2013 which was attended by members of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, travel industry representatives and community including business leaders, and members of the media. Other activities were also carried out throughout the evening to further raise funds for the foundation.

The fanfare ended at the Low Cost Carrier terminal in Kuala Lumpur where a brief graduation ceremony took place for Branson. Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia had the honour of handing over the AirAsia cabin crew graduation certificate along with the AirAsia crew uniform and shoes to Sir Richard as part of the airlines gratitude to him for being a good sport.

AirAsia X together with the AirAsia Group, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the region’s most extensive network with over 85 destinations across 20 countries.

Jointly with the AirAsia Group, AirAsia X was named World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for four consecutive years in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. AirAsia X was also awarded the Airbus Top Operational Excellence Award 2010-2011 for being the world's best Airbus A330-300 operator (small fleet category) excelling in operations, maintenance and safety systems.

About the AirAsia Group

AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with 85 destinations. Within 11 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 180 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to approximately 123. The airline today is proud to be a truly ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines servicing a network stretching across all ASEAN countries, China, India, Sri Lanka and Australia. AirAsia was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for four consecutive years in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

About AirAsia X

AirAsia X is the low-cost, long-haul affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently flies to destinations in Jeddah, China, Australia, Taiwan¸ Korea, Japan and Nepal. The airline currently flies to 14 destinations across 7 countries and operates a fleet of 10 Airbus A330-300s, each with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 Economy seats. The airline has carried over 8 million guests since it commenced long-haul in 2007. Our vision is to further solidify our position as the global leader in low-cost, long-haul aviation and create the first global multi-hub low-cost carrier network along with other carriers of the AirAsia Group.

Source, Air Asia communications. Thanks for reading..

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