Saturday 25 January 2020

Life's a drag for Branson as he turns trolley dolly

Sean Yoong

BRITISH business magnate Richard Branson has lost his latest job because of orange juice.

The Virgin Group boss had his legs shaved, put on lipstick and wore a red skirt to honour a bet by serving as a flight attendant on an AirAsia trip from Perth, Australia, to Malaysia.

But he earned a reprimand from AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes after he deliberately dumped a tray of orange juice on Fernandes's lap.

Branson lost a bet to Fernandes in 2010 after they wagered that their Formula One racing teams would finish ahead of each other. Fernandes's team landed two spots above Branson's.

Fernandes gleefully declared after yesterday's nearly six-hour flight on his budget airline that Branson's skills as an attendant were "rubbish" and that he was being immediately fired.

Branson, who was tasked with pouring beverages, serving meals and making flight announcements, posed with Fernandes and popped champagne after stepping out of the plane at Malaysia's main low-cost carrier terminal south of Kuala Lumpur.

Irish Independent

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