19 December 2001
easyJet lays on surprise Santa flight for local school
easyJet put on a special surprise Christmas flight for 40 children from a local Luton school yesterday.
Aged between five and nine, and accompanied by eight teachers, the children believed they were invited to London Luton for an educational tour to see how an airport works, and also to watch a TV programme being made.
None of the children had ever been on an aircraft before and thought they were being taken onboard simply to see what it looked like inside. But once onboard they were asked if they would like to take off!
The flight flew over the London area to Dover, then south west over Southampton, before landing back at London Luton Airport.
There was then an additional surprise for the children as, once the aircraft has reached a height of 15,000 feet, Santa appeared with gifts for all the children.
Santa's helpers (a group of ten staff from different departments at easyJet), also helped to make the day special. Dressed as pantomime characters, they showed the children around, did face painting, and served drinks and snacks.
Chief Executive Ray Webster said,
"At this time of year, it's always rewarding to be able to offer something different to the people of Luton. None of these children have flown before and we're delighted to be able to offer them this great opportunity."
That's really a wonderfull surprise!!!