Tony Fernandes convinces Richard Branson to go clean shaven for GBP400,000 (or more)
AirAsia Group CEO and Team Lotus Principal subsequently passes on Branson’s sporting gesture to the highest bidder
Kuala Lumpur, 18 April 2011 – Have you wondered, what it would cost to shave the legs of a Knight of the British Empire? Well, if the Knight in question is Sir Richard Branson, you can have the honour of shaving him for a mere GBP400,000 before he gets on the AirAsia Charity Flight from London to Kuala Lumpur. And you have Dato’ Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes to thank as the AirAsia boss has graciously agreed to pass on the opportunity and hand the shaver to the highest bidder; all in the name of charity.
Bidders must have a confirmed ticket for the charity flight or to the Charity Evening. Bidding will take place at the pre-departure event in Stansted. The successful bidder would be invited to shave Richard once he’s unveiled as an AirAsia flight attendant, in front of the world’s media and guests.
“As an AirAsia flight attendant, Richard would have to comply to our grooming standards, and that includes shaving his legs. Rather than shave him myself, Richard and I thought we could have a bit of fun, engage with our guests and raise more money for charity if we opened up the opportunity to the highest bidder. It’s the first time we’ve both agreed on anything so that in itself is worth the price of the opening bid,” said Tony Fernandes.
Tickets onboard this special AirAsia charity flight are available at GBP4,500 for a round trip, while flights and accommodation packages start at GBP5,000 for a single accommodation and GBP5,200 for twin sharing.
Guests on the charity flight can look forward to being entertained by world-class acts such as UK’s very own DJ Jarren C who will spin at the pre-departure event at Stansted and DJ Dan Healy, who has entertained at after-parties for Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Jay-Z, and Justin Timberlake.
Spellbinding street magician Sav the Deceptionist will also be on board to entertain guests throughout the journey. Formula One Legend, Eddie Jordan, better known for his driving prowess and making Formula One World Champions out of Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher, and Ayrton Senna will have his band, ‘Eddie & The Robbers’ on board the charity flight as well. A host of other performances including stand-up comedy, live DJs complete the line-up of acts that have been arranged for the charity flight.
Guests, who can’t be on the flight, but would like to be part of the event can purchase tickets to the Charity Cocktail Party on May 2, 2011. Tickets, priced at GBP350 are available on www.AirAsiaGo.com.
All proceeds collected from the sale of the charity packages, limited edition merchandise and special collector items, including personal items from Dato’ Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes and Sir Richard Branson will be channeled towards Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group.