The Reading / Listening - Airbus A380 - Level 5

The airplane maker Airbus plans to cease production of its famous A380 aircraft. It is the world's largest passenger airplane. When it was launched 12 years ago, people said it was the future of aviation. However, changes in how people fly mean the days of four-engine passenger planes are over. Airbus decided to stop production of the 544-seat A380 because of falling sales. The end came when Dubai's Emirates Airlines cut its A380 order by 39 planes. Airbus will stop building the A380 in 2021. There will be big job losses at companies that help make the plane.



The A380 first flew in April 2005. The British Prime Minister Tony Blair called it a "symbol of economic strength". Spain's leader said the plane was "a dream". The plane was designed to help cut the number of planes at busy airports. However, increased air travel means there is more demand for twin-engine planes that can fly non-stop to where people want to go. Four-engine planes usually require passengers to change at hub airports. An Emirates spokesperson said the A380 was a "passenger magnet". He said the plane was badly marketed by other airlines.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Airbus A380 - Level 4 or  Airbus A380 - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-airbus-a380-history-analysis/airbus-a380-from-european-dream-to-white-elephant-idUSKCN1Q30K4
  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/airbus-will-stop-building-its-a380-superjumbo-jet-11550121699
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/14/business/a380-airbus-news-emirates/index.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Airbus plans to cease
  2. It is the world's largest
  3. it was launched
  4. it was the future
  5. the days of four-engine passenger
  6. Airbus will stop building
  7. There will be big job
  8. companies that help
  1. planes are over
  2. losses
  3. of aviation
  4. make the plane
  5. passenger airplane
  6. production
  7. 12 years ago
  8. the A380 in 2021

Paragraph 2

  1. a symbol of economic
  2. cut the number of planes
  3. increased air
  4. more demand for twin-
  5. fly non-
  6. require passengers
  7. the A380 was a
  8. the plane was badly marketed
  1. engine planes
  2. to change
  3. at busy airports
  4. by other airlines
  5. travel
  6. "passenger magnet"
  7. stop
  8. strength

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The airplane maker Airbus (1) ___________________ production of its famous A380 aircraft. It is the world's largest passenger airplane. When (2) ___________________ 12 years ago, people said it was the (3) ___________________. However, changes in how people fly mean the days of four-engine passenger planes are over. Airbus (4) ___________________ to production of the 544-seat A380 because of falling sales. The end came when Dubai's Emirates Airlines cut its A380 order (5) ___________________. Airbus will stop building the A380 in 2021. There will be big job losses at companies that help (6) ___________________.

The A380 (7) ___________________ April 2005. The British Prime Minister Tony Blair called it a "symbol of economic strength". Spain's leader said the plane (8) ___________________. The plane was designed to help cut (9) ___________________ planes at busy airports. However, increased air travel means there is more demand for twin-engine planes that (10) ___________________ to where people want to go. Four-engine planes usually require passengers to change (11) ___________________. An Emirates spokesperson said the A380 was a "passenger magnet". He said the plane was badly marketed (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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rcraft.Itistheworld'slargestpassengerairplane.Whenitwaslaunched
12yearsago,peoplesaiditwasthefutureofaviation.However,changesi
nhowpeopleflymeanthedaysoffour-enginepassengerplanesareove
r.Airbusdecidedtostoptoproductionofthe544-seatA380becauseof
fallingsales.TheendcamewhenDubai'sEmiratesAirlinescutitsA380or
derby39planes.AirbuswillstopbuildingtheA380in2021.Therewillbebi
gjoblossesatcompaniesthathelpmaketheplane.TheA380firstflewinA
pril2005.TheBritishPrimeMinisterTonyBlaircalledita"symbolofecono
micstrength".Spain'sleadersaidtheplanewas"adream".Theplanewa
sdesignedtohelpcutthenumberofplanesatbusyairports.However,inc
reasedairtravelmeansthereismoredemandfortwin-engineplanest
hatcanflynon-stoptowherepeoplewanttogo.Four-engineplanesusu
allyrequirepassengerstochangeathubairports.AnEmiratesspokespe
rsonsaidtheA380wasa"passengermagnet".Hesaidtheplanewasbadl
ymarketedbyotherairlines.

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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