Julius from Zermatt wants to know from Bernie and Lexi:

How are airplanes built?

Bernie in front of an airplane that is being constructed

Bernie: "You have chosen a really exciting question, Julius. Building an airplane is namely very time-consuming and takes several weeks. From the first screw until the plane takes off for the first time a lot of people are involved to ensure that the big aircraft bring us safely to our destination."

Lexi: "That's right, Bernie, that is a huge amount of work. Airplanes are built in enormous halls. The large parts are delivered ready-made and then pieced together like a puzzle. First of all, the body is assembled, in other words the area where the passengers ultimately sit and which also accommodates the cockpit for the pilots. Once this is ready, the airplane looks a bit like a gigantic wax crayon."

Lexi pointing to an aircraft mechanic, who is attaching the wheel to an airplane

Bernie: "Of course, the plane couldn't take off like that though, the most important parts are still missing. The wheels and the wings have to be assembled. Incidentally, depending on the specific airplane just one wing can weigh several tons, i.e. as much as a fully-grown elephant!"

Lexi: "Ha, ha Bernie - flying elephants! Last of all, the seats, the kitchen and the remaining interior is installed. Before the plane is allowed to take off for the first time with passengers, a lot of tests have to be carried out.

The next time you fly with SWISS, try and imagine how this huge bird was put together bit by bit - that is really exciting, isn't it Julius?"