The Reading / Listening - Supersonic Jets - Level 2

Supersonic passenger planes could be in the skies this decade. Supersonic means faster than the speed of sound, which is 1,234.8kph. United Airlines plans to buy 15 supersonic jets from a company called Boom Supersonic. The planes will fly up to 88 passengers, all in business class. The planes will have a top speed of 2,099kph. Most modern airplanes have a cruising speed of around 1,000kph. The new planes will cut the time it takes to fly from London to New York. It will take less than four hours. It currently takes around 7 1/2 hours.

The jets ordered by United Airlines will be the first supersonic jets to make commercial flights since 2003. The cost of the supersonic tickets will be about the same as regular business class tickets. Previously, the cost of a ticket on a supersonic airliner was over 20 times higher than economy class tickets. Only the super-rich could afford one. The new planes will be more fuel-efficient and profitable. Flights will be net-zero carbon and use sustainable fuel. The cost of each airplane is approximately $200 million. Boom already has around $6 billion in orders.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Supersonic Jets - Level 0 Supersonic Jets - Level 1   or  Supersonic Jets - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/united-placed-3-billion-order-121600471.html
  • https://www.autoevolution.com/news/supersonic-boom-overture-is-set-to-become-the-world-s-fastest-airliner-162499.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57361193
  • https://boomsupersonic.com/overture


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. faster than the speed
  2. The planes will fly up
  3. business
  4. planes will have a top
  5. a cruising speed of
  6. The new planes will cut the
  7. It will take less
  8. It currently takes
  1. time it takes to fly
  2. class
  3. around 7 1/2 hours
  4. of sound
  5. than four hours
  6. to 88 passengers
  7. around 1,000kph
  8. speed of 2,099kph

Paragraph 2

  1. make commercial
  2. the same as regular business
  3. more fuel-
  4. Flights will be net-
  5. use sustainable
  6. The cost of
  7. approximately
  8. Boom already has around $6 billion
  1. zero carbon
  2. each airplane
  3. flights
  4. in orders
  5. class tickets
  6. $200 million
  7. fuel
  8. efficient

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Supersonic passenger planes could be (1) ___________________ this decade. Supersonic means faster (2) ___________________ of sound, which is 1,234.8kph. United Airlines plans to buy 15 supersonic jets (3) ___________________ called Boom Supersonic. The planes will fly up to 88 passengers, all in business class. The planes will have a top speed of 2,099kph. Most modern airplanes (4) ___________________ speed of around 1,000kph. The new planes will (5) ___________________ it takes to fly from London to New York. It will take less than four hours. It (6) ___________________ 7 1/2 hours.

The jets ordered by United Airlines will be the first supersonic jets to make (7) ___________________ 2003. The cost of the supersonic tickets will be about the (8) ___________________ business class tickets. Previously, the cost of a ticket on a supersonic airliner was over 20 times (9) ___________________ class tickets. Only the super-rich could afford one. The new planes will be more fuel-(10) ___________________. Flights will be net-zero carbon and use sustainable fuel. The (11) ___________________ airplane is approximately $200 million. Boom already has around $6 (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Supersonicpassengerplanescouldbeintheskiesthisdecade.Superson
icmeansfasterthanthespeedofsound,whichis1,234.8kph.UnitedAirli
nesplanstobuy15supersonicjetsfromacompanycalledBoomSuperso
nic.Theplaneswillflyupto88passengers,allinbusinessclass.Theplane
swillhaveatopspeedof2,099kph.Mostmodernairplaneshaveacruisin
gspeedofaround1,000kph.Thenewplaneswillcutthetimeittakestoflyf
romLondontoNewYork.Itwilltakelessthanfourhours.Itcurrentlytake
saround71/2hours.ThejetsorderedbyUnitedAirlineswillbethefirstsu
personicjetstomakecommercialflightssince2003.Thecostofthesuper
sonicticketswillbeaboutthesameasregularbusinessclasstickets.Prev
iously,thecostofaticketonasupersonicairlinerwasover20timeshigher
thaneconomyclasstickets.Onlythesuper-richcouldaffordone.Thene
wplaneswillbemorefuel-efficientandprofitable.Flightswillbenet-ze
rocarbonandusesustainablefuel.Thecostofeachairplaneisapproxima
tely$200million.Boomalreadyhasaround$6billioninorders.

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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