(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) — Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic, made good on a bet he lost when he dressed up as a stewardess for a competitor airline on Sunday.
Branson made a bet two years ago with AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes over the results of a Formula 1 Grand Prix race. The wager? Whoever had the slower team needed to spend a day as a stewardess on the other’s airline.
“We both had Grand Prix teams and I was absolutely certain that I was going to win, and I thought it would look very fetching for Tony to be in a Virgin Atlantic steward outfit,” Branson said.
Unfortunately for Branson, His team lost.
“Of course, the drivers who ran that race,” Branson joked, “they’re no longer with us.”
In a news conference before boarding an AirAsia flight Branson joked he went to extremes to avoid making good on his promise.
“I managed to arrange for my leg to be broken and then I managed to arrange for the royal couple to fall in love and get married. I then burnt down my house on Necker Island,” he said.
Branson finally boarded an Air Asia flight from Perth, Australia to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, complete with a dress, lipstick, shaved legs and high heels.
“We’ve had a fun day,” Branson said when the flight touched down in Kuala Lumpur. “Glad to have really got this bet over and done with, and looking forward to getting back into my own clothes.”
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN