Mile-high crossdressing for Richard Branson after losing F1 wager
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson will serve passengers in full cabin crew drag on an AirAsia flight after losing a bet to AirAsia owner Tony Fernandes over whose Formula 1 team performed better this season.
Branson backs Virgin Racing, while Fernandes is the team principle of Lotus Racing (of which CNN is a sponsor). Both teams are 2010 F1 Championship neophytes.
At the start of the season, Branson and Fernandes wagered that the loser of the bet would have to dress and serve as a flight attendant on the winner’s airline.
"He has an airline, we have an airline, and if we beat him he can come and work on one of our airlines as a Virgin stewardess," Branson said confidently in December last year.
"I suspect if he beats us he might ask me to reciprocate. Maybe I'll have to check out how fetching his stewardess outfits are!"
Both team ended the season with zero points, but Lotus had better finishing positions overall and placed ahead of Virgin Racing in rankings.
“We have had this great bet running all season and now it’s time for Richard to start preparing himself for some hard work and the likely pain of a pair of high heels!” said Fernandes.
During celebrations on track on Sunday night at the conclusion of final F1 race, held in Abu Dhabi, Fernandes gave Branson an AirAsia uniform and pinned a stewardess’ badge on the Virgin Racing boss.
”One of the first people to come and congratulate us on the pitwall was Richard,” said Fernandes.
Judging from Branson’s ecstatic expression, pictured left, you’d think he was actually excited to have an excuse to don a female uniform.
We think it would be delightful if Branson did a safety demonstration dance routine while he’s at it.
Branson will serve on a Kuala Lumpur-London AirAsia X flight.
The tickets will be sold in an online charity auction.
Details on the date of the flight and how to enter the charity bid will be released soon.