Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson thinks it would be fun to buy American Airlines.
In an interview with NPR while promoting his new book, Branson said he'd be interested in investing in the bankrupt carrier.
"We don't normally buy other companies or merge with other companies, because you take on a lot of history. Having said that, it would be quite fun to do something with American Airlines. And so, yeah, if anybody from American Airlines is listening, we'd be happy to get your call," Branson told NPR.
Branson also had a few design tips for American on how the carrier could improve its image.
"You would need to really go into all the planes; gut them out, you know; get the best interior designers, as you would with a new hotel, to completely refigure them, you know; put in the best leather seats; put in the best entertainment you can; work with the crew to make sure they have the best uniforms, the ones which make them really feel great, and let them decide on what uniforms they want to have; and you know, just surpris[e] people," he said.
Of course, Branson is limited by U.S. laws that prevent foreigners from owning more than 25 percent of an American carrier. And with Sir Richard's fondness for publicity, who knows if he is legitimately interested in American.