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Croatia Airlines awards pupil creativity

4th December 2019, Zagreb

Croatia Airlines today organised an educational visit to its technical centre for aircraft maintenance at Zagreb’s Franjo Tuđman International Airport for 5th graders of the Fran Galović Elementary School from Zagreb. Guided by Croatia Airlines’ pilots, flight attendants and aircraft maintenance engineers, the pupils were presented a unique opportunity to view the exterior and interior of an Airbus A319 aircraft, and to watch the servicing of a Dash 8-Q400 aircraft live.

In the year marking its 30th anniversary, Croatia Airlines decided to have Croatian elementary school pupils join in the company’s birthday celebrations. With the support of the competent ministry, Croatia Airlines organised a prize competition, in which pupils from grades five to eight were invited to design, create and send a video birthday card. As many as 23 schools across Croatia entered the competition, and sent some really interesting videos. The video birthday card sent by the 5th graders of the Fran Galović Elementary School from Zagreb was selected as the most creative video card, and so they were given the opportunity to get to know the professions related to and involved in civil aviation more closely, and to discover some of the secrets of flying.

At the beginning of this educational tour, one of Croatia Airlines’ aircraft maintenance engineers introduced the pupils to the exterior of aircraft, such as jet engines, wings and the fuselage, after which they toured the hangar where the pupils watched with close attention the general servicing of a Dash 8-Q400 aircraft. This was followed by entering an Airbus aircraft, whose passenger seats the pupils settled themselves into while a flight attendant presented her profession. To make them feel like regular passengers, the pupils were served an in-flight snack meal.

The highlight of the tour was the chance to visit the cockpit and meet pilots, who revealed to the pupils many interesting facts about aircraft operation, which rounded off this extraordinary experience perfectly.

At the very end of this educational visit, a joint photograph was taken of the pupils, teachers and representatives of Croatia Airlines in front of an Airbus A319.

*The winning video birthday card can be viewed at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWRI1qmj-7I

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