The Reading / Listening - Pilots - Level 5

Europe's biggest low-cost airline has promised better pay and working conditions for pilots. It wants to stop them leaving the company. The CEO of Ryanair wrote to the budget airline's 4,200 pilots to address their concerns. He offered pilots salary increases of up to $11,700 and loyalty bonuses. A long-serving pilot told the BBC this was, "too little, too late". He said: "There is a lack of basic benefits [for pilots] - no free bottles of water, coffee or tea and no crew meals." Pilots also had to buy their own uniform. He added: "People have just had enough of the toxic atmosphere."



The CEO is trying to repair the damage done to Ryanair's image after a scheduling error with pilot holidays. This mistake meant more than 20,000 flights have been cancelled because of a lack of available pilots. This has affected 700,000 passengers. An industry analyst said the airline disrespected the "skill set" of pilots. He said Ryanair was "being forced to backpedal, apologize and meet [pilots'] pay demands". The CEO is confident that pilots will stay with Ryanair, "for a brighter, better future". He added: "We are a very secure employer in a very insecure industry."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pilots - Level 4 or  Pilots - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-06/ryanair-operating-chief-resigns-amid-fallout-from-cancellations
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-41384789
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/ryanair-michael-oleary-boss-pilot-shortages-bonus-offer-letter-flight-cancellations-airline-a7985906.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Europe's biggest low-
  2. address their
  3. salary increases
  4. too little, too
  5. There is a lack of basic
  6. Pilots also had to buy
  7. People have just
  8. toxic
  1. had enough
  2. late
  3. atmosphere
  4. concerns
  5. of up to  $11,700
  6. benefits
  7. cost airline
  8. their own uniform

Paragraph 2

  1. trying to repair the
  2. a scheduling
  3. more than 20,000 flights
  4. because of a lack
  5. This has affected 700,000
  6. Ryanair was being forced to
  7. The CEO is confident that
  8. a very secure
  1. have been cancelled
  2. pilots will stay
  3. passengers
  4. backpedal
  5. error
  6. of available pilots
  7. employer
  8. damage

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Europe's biggest (1) ___________________ has promised better pay and working conditions for pilots. It wants to stop them leaving the company. The CEO of Ryanair wrote to (2) ___________________ 4,200 pilots to address their concerns. He offered pilots salary increases of up to $11,700 (3) ___________________. A long-serving pilot told the BBC this was, "too little, too late". He said: "There is a lack (4) ___________________ [for pilots] - no free bottles of water, coffee or (5) ___________________ meals." Pilots also had to buy their own uniform. He added: "People have just had enough of the (6) ___________________."

The CEO is trying to (7) ___________________ done to Ryanair's image after (8) ___________________ with pilot holidays. This mistake meant more than 20,000 flights have been cancelled because of a (9) ___________________ pilots. This has affected 700,000 passengers. An industry analyst said the airline disrespected (10) ___________________ pilots. He said Ryanair was "being forced to backpedal, apologize and meet [pilots'] pay demands". The CEO (11) ___________________ pilots will stay with Ryanair, "for a brighter, better future". He added: "We are a very (12) ___________________ a very insecure industry."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Europe'sbiggestlow-costairlinehaspromisedbetterpayandworking
conditionsforpilots.Itwantstostopthemleavingthecompany.TheCEO
ofRyanairwrotetothebudgetairline's4,200pilotstoaddresstheirconce
rns.Heofferedpilotssalaryincreasesofupto$11,700andloyaltybonus
es.Along-servingpilottoldtheBBCthiswas,"toolittle,toolate".Hesai
d:"Thereisalackofbasicbenefits[forpilots]-nofreebottlesofwater,co
ffeeorteaandnocrewmeals."Pilotsalsohadtobuytheirownuniform.He
added:"Peoplehavejusthadenoughofthetoxicatmosphere."TheCEOi
stryingtorepairthedamagedonetoRyanair'simageafteraschedulinge
rrorwithpilotholidays.Thismistakemeantmorethan20,000flightshav
ebeencancelledbecauseofalackofavailablepilots.Thishasaffected70
0,000passengers.Anindustryanalystsaidtheairlinedisrespectedthe"
skillset"ofpilots.HesaidRyanairwas"beingforcedtobackpedal,apologi
zeandmeet[pilots']paydemands".TheCEOisconfidentthatpilotswillst
aywithRyanair,"forabrighter,betterfuture".Headded:"Weareaverys
ecureemployerinaveryinsecureindustry."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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