Virgin traveller takes to the skies

Julia Baratt-Hill, from South Perth, and Debra Grimm, from Chidlow.
Julia Baratt-Hill, from South Perth, and Debra Grimm, from Chidlow.

Ms Baratt-Hill was one of about 300 passengers who flew on a charity Air Asia flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur, with Sir Richard in drag as a flight attendant.

Sir Richard shaved his legs and slipped into the red uniform as part of a lost wager with Air Asia chief executive Tony Fernandes.

Like most passengers, Ms Baratt-Hill and her friend Debra Grimm, from Chidlow, made the most of their flight, donning self-made T-shirts with the slogan ‘Coffee, Tea or Richard?’ for their celebrity stewardess to sign.

Aveley couple Natasha Mutch and Chris McAlinden also took a light-hearted approach to the flight, with Mr McAlinden wearing his tailored pink suit.

For Ascot resident Shirley Davis, not being on the flight was not an option as it gave her the chance to meet Sir Richard.

‘I think he’s such an incredible person who has always gotten back up in his business,’ she said.

The charity flight donated $100 from each seat to the Australian Starlight Children’s Foundation.