EasyJet A320 Airbus covered in Christmas lights at Luton Airport for spectacular shot

Hundreds of people at London Luton Airport were treated to a spectacular festive surprise as they witnessed the world's biggest Christmas light show involving a plane. 

European airline EasyJet provided a 37-metre A320 Airbus to airport ground staff, who created the spectacle by wrapping the aircraft with Christmas lights.

Crowds gathered on December 17 for the Christmas light switch-on, with projections and lights synced to the sound of a contemporary remix of Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Over 850,000 choreographed light sequences and 2.4 kilometres of LED micro bulbs were used to create the display. A team of 10 special effects artists and lighting designers spent four weeks working to design the light show.

Luton Airport and EasyJet collaborated to bring Christmas cheer to the hundreds of airport staff who have been involved in a major three-year redevelopment of the airport, which will increase the airport's capacity to 18 million passengers per year by 2020.

The £160 million ($285 million) regeneration project will add £1 billion to the UK economy and an 10,000 jobs by 2030. The Christmas light show is part of the airport's 80th anniversary celebrations.

Local children from Chantry Primary Academy and Whitefield Primary School were invited to the big unveil.  Nine-year-old Maddy Simonite kicked off the event by switching on the lights for the first time.

"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!" she said. 

Airport ground staff also painstakingly covered EasyJet's 5000sq metre aircraft hangar in decorations. 

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Take a look at the plane in the photo gallery above.

AP

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