NEW STRAIT TIMES: AirAsia X passengers will have the chance of a lifetime to be served by Virgin Atlantic owner Sir Richard Branson, when the British billionaire takes on the role of an AirAsia flight attendant for a day on a charity flight from Perth to here.

The D7 237 flight scheduled on May 12 will see 62-year-old Branson all dolled up as a female AirAsia flight attendant, complete with a tight red skirt, heels and make-up.

This follows a wager between Branson and AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes two years ago, over which 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.

The loser would serve as a female flight attendant on board the winner’s airline. Fernandes’s then team, Team Lotus, finished two spots above Branson’s Marussia Virgin racing team in the final rankings.

Fernandes said as an AirAsia X flight attendant, Branson had to comply with the airline’s grooming standards and that included shaving his legs, donning high heels, putting on make-up and slipping into AirAsia’s famous red uniform.

He explained that Branson would be committed to carry out the responsibilities of a flight attendant, including serving coffee, tea and other food and beverages to passengers on the special six-hour flight.

The opportunity to join the charity flight is now open for booking at www.airasia.com until May 12 (or until seats are sold out).

Fares cost RM1,308 one way and RM319 from each seat will be donated to the Starlight Children Foundation in Australia. The airline will also donate 10 per cent of all in-flight sales, including duty-free merchandise, to the foundation. Guests will also have the opportunity to make donations on board the special flight.