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Take a charity flight with Sir Richard Branson and AirAsia

20th April 2011 Print

Aviation history will be made on Sunday 1 May 2011, as AirAsia charters a special charity flight for 250 guests from London Stansted to Kuala Lumpur with Sir Richard Branson serving onboard as an ‘air hostess.’

When AirAsia Group CEO and Team Lotus co-principal Tony Fernandes agreed to a friendly wager with Virgin Group & Marussia Virgin Racing’s Sir Richard Branson on the sidelines of the 2010 Bahrain Formula One GP, little did they expect the twists, turns and obstacles they would have to go through to complete the wager. 

Nine months and 19 races later, at the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, Tony Fernandes’ Team Lotus came out tops, leaving Richard to look forward to donning the red AirAsia female flight attendant uniform and join AirAsia crew for a day.

This not-to-be-missed opportunity to join two of the most illustrious characters in aviation and make history 35,000 feet in the sky for charity is now available for booking online at with three charity package options from 13 April, 2011, until 23:59hrs (GMT), 24th April 2011.

A total of 160 tickets onboard this special flight would be made available for sale on Flight tickets for this once in a lifetime experience are available at  £4,500, while flights and accommodation packages start at £5,000 for a single accommodation and £5,200 for twin sharing. Return flights from Kuala

Lumpur to London are also included in the packages.

Spellbinding street magician Sav the Deceptionist will also be on board to mesmerize. Eddie Jordan, who has put a host of drivers on the world stage including Hill, Mansell, Schumacher, and Senna amongst many others will send his band ‘Eddie & The Robbers’ on board the flight as well.

Guests who can’t be on the flight, but would like the chance to be entertained by Sir Richard Branson, Tony Fernandes, and a host of top British and Malaysian celebrities, in Kuala Lumpur can purchase tickets to the Charity Cocktail Party at £350 on May 2, 2011.

Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia Berhad & Principal of Team Lotus comments, “We’ve come a full circle, Richard and I. Who would’ve thought my mentor will be serving as a flight attendant on AirAsia? I’ve got my razor ready, and I can’t wait to shave his hairy legs! Jokes aside, how we got to this charity flight is a testament that we can achieve anything if we are fueled by passion, grit, determination and never take no for an answer. Team Lotus, a Malaysian F1 team, supported by AirAsia, an ASEAN airline has beaten the odds on the race track and in the air, and there will be more to come. I am also glad that we are able to contribute to those in need through this charity flight as well.”

All proceeds collected from the sale of the charity packages and special collector items at the auction during the charity cocktail evening which include personal items from Tony Fernandes and Sir Richard Branson will be channelled towards beneficiaries to be determined and announced by AirAsia & Virgin Unite at a later date.