Branson to be AirAsia stewardess after losing GP bet

British billionaire Richard Branson will finally wear a red skirt and serve as a stewardess on Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia in May after losing a Grand Prix bet with the founder of the airline.

Virgin boss Branson and AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes had agreed in 2010 that whichever of their teams (then Virgin and Lotus) finished lower in the constructors’ championship in their debut season, the losing owner would serve on the other’s airline.

Branson lost as Lotus finished 10th and Virgin 12th, but the trip was postponed in early 2011 after he injured himself while skiing.

Fernandes said Branson had contacted him to honour his bet.

“He will be an Airasia stewardess in May on Airasia. 2 years late but main point he hasn’t forgotten,” Fernandes tweeted.

Fernandes had previously said that Branson would strut down the aisle to offer coffee, tea or other food and beverages to guests on a special 13-hour Kuala Lumpur to London flight.

The tickets for the flight would be auctioned off for charity.

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Lantern Festival Night in Chiang Mai Thailand

Lantern Festival Night in Chiang Mai Thailand

Lantern Festival Night in Chiang Mai Thailand

I’ve booked a flight to Chiang Mai at the northern tip of Thailand on November 28 and have just discover that’s the night of the lantern festival night. We’ll be staying in a hotel on Wualai Road, which isn’t too far from the airport and the city centre. Our flight doesn’t get in to Chiang Mai until 7pm. Will we have time to drop our luggage and join the festival? We really want to see it as it’s our first time in Chiang Mai.

Nationwide, the festival is known as Loy Krathong, and this year, as you’ve found out, it falls on November 28. In the Chiang Mai version, people also send lanterns into the sky, which are known as Yi Peng.

You will have more time to enjoy the festival than you might expect. The festival this year runs from November 27 to 29, so you will see the light from the lanterns as you arrive. If you land at 7pm, you should be at the hotel by 8pm and thus will have plenty of time to join the crowds, who happily release lanterns and fireworks until late, making the city sound rather like war zone. If you want to see the spectacular procession of krathong, head to Tha Pae Gate. Alternatively, you may go to the Navarat Bridge or anywhere along the Ping River to join the crowds releasing krathong on the river and lanterns in the sky.

If you want to rest that day, you can still attend the last day of the festival on November 29, which will see another grand krathong procession in Chiang Mai city as well as plenty of lanterns being released.

Hope you enjoy the festival!