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'Stewardess' Richard Branson fired by AirAsia chief

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Kuala Lumpur (PTI): British business tycoon Sir Richard Branson donned high heels and fishnet stockings as a stewardess in a figure-hugging scarlet...

richardKuala Lumpur (PTI): British business tycoon Sir Richard Branson donned high heels and fishnet stockings as a stewardess in a figure-hugging scarlet outfit on an AirAsia flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur, but was soon fired.

Wearing heavy make-up, the 62-year-old newsmaker was serving passengers as part of a Grand Prix bet with AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandez set two years ago. The billionaire entrepreneur and owner of Virgin Atlantic Airlines also shaved his legs as promised, but insisted on keeping his beard, which made a startling contrast to the lipstick he had slicked on, 'The Australian' reported.

Branson and Fernandes had betted 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. The terms of the bet was that the loser would serve as a female flight attendant on board the winner's airline.

Fernandes' Team Lotus finished two spots above Branson's Marussia Virgin Racing team in the final rankings.

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