WestJet announced today it set two GUINNESSTM WORLD RECORDS titles when the airline built and illuminated a kilometer-wide prize wheel in the Utah desert as flight 1118 from Toronto , descended into Las Vegas .
On board, one lucky guest received the Vegas trip-of-a-lifetime when their seat number appeared on the giant LED wheel.
Guinness World Records Adjudicator, Michael Empric, said, “It was a huge and arduous undertaking that went into creating something really big, really bright and really special for the airline’s guests. I’m delighted to welcome WestJet to the Guinness World Records family.”
So what exactly goes in to record-breaking version of a gaming wheel? Here’s the breakdown: six months of planning, 40 crew members, six days of building in scorching heat, 61,483 feet of cable, 160 guests on their way to Las Vegas and one lucky seat, the recipient of the #WestJetVegasSurprise. In the end the LED wheel was seen on descent into Las Vegas at 12,000 feet. The wheel was 785,398 square metres in diameter and reached 4,666,000 lumens – breaking the previous record of 4,264,346 lumens.