Saturday 16 February 2019

World's largest passenger plane in Christmas stunt over Germany

A pilot flying an Airbus A380 drew a Christmas tree over Germeny CREDIT: FLIGHTRADAR24
A pilot flying an Airbus A380 drew a Christmas tree over Germeny CREDIT: FLIGHTRADAR24

Mark Molloy

A skilled pilot embraced the Christmas spirit with a festive stunt while flying over Germany and Denmark.

Flying the world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, the pilot drew the outline of a Christmas tree - complete with decorations - in the sky on 13 December.

An outline of the flight path at 40,000ft was shared by Flightradar24, a site which tracks air traffic in real time, after the plane took off from Hamburg for the five-hour flight.

A spokesperson for Airbus explained it was a normal internal test flight before the delivery of a new aircraft, adding: “There are hundreds of these flights every year.

“The routing of these flights is flexible, they take-off and land at the Airbus Airport in Hamburg-Finkenwerder,” they told The Telegraph.

“Thanks to the co-operation of the air traffic controllers (Eurocontrol and DFS), it was possible to fly that Christmas tree flight path.

“It was the idea of test pilots and engineers - an Airbus greeting to all aviation fans during this Christmas period.”

They joked the flight, in which they tested systems like in-flight entertainment, was an “early Season’s Greetings” from one of the flight test teams in Hamburg.

The plane later headed towards northern Denmark to create the Airbus A380’s 'tree topper’.

Flightradar24 confirmed: “This is a test flight that would be conducted regardless of the particular flight path.”

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Telegraph.co.uk

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