Richard Branson dresses up as air hostess after losing bet

Last Updated: Sun, May 12, 2013 10:47 hrs

Sepang, Malaysia: British business magnate Richard Branson has lost his latest job because of orange juice.

The Virgin Group founder had his legs shaved, put on lipstick and squeezed into 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' 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' team landed two spots above Branson's.

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

Image: British entrepreneur Richard Branson, left, poses with AirAsia's Chief Executive Tony Fernandes while dressed up as an AirAsia flight attendant at a low cost carrier terminal in Malaysia, Sunday, May 12, 2013. Branson wore the costume after losing a bet with his friend Fernandes on which of their 2010 Formula One racing car teams would finish ahead of the other. (AP)

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