Everyone loves a good Christmas lights switch-on, including, apparently, EasyJet.
The budget airline proudly staged 'the world's biggest Christmas lights show on a plane', which sounds like one of those Guinness World Records categories that no one competed for.
At the hilariously-named London Luton, the Hyacinth Bucket of airports, staff decorated the outside of an A320 Airbus with 1.5 miles of LEDs and 850,000 choreographed light sequences.
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Held inside EasyJet's hangar, the switch-on included lots of wide-eyed kids from nearby Chantry and Whitefield primary schools.
By all accounts, it sounds like a sizeable undertaking: the 120-foot plane, donated by EasyJet, was decorated by a team of ten special effects artists and lighting designers over four weeks. Airport staff then had just 24 hours to decorate the 5,000 square-foot hangar.
9-year-old Maddy Simonite, who flipped the switch, said:
"Switching on the lights made me feel like I started Christmas! I’ve been to see the Oxford Street Christmas lights but this was ten times better!"
Tina Milton, Director of Cabin Services at EasyJet said with less palpable enthusiasm:
"Most people who work in a regular office get to partake in festive decorating, so we laid down the challenge to ground crew to create the most spectacular light show featuring a plane. We were delighted to work with London Luton Airport to help get the festive feeling started amongst our staff and the local community in Luton."
The local community in London, surely? Oh no, because Luton is nowhere near London except on the airport sign.