THE AIRBUS AUDIOSCRIPT
Listen to part of a talk about the Airbus A380.
Optional exercise (The answers are at the bottom of the page).
Listen and put these points in the order they are mentioned.
a) the countries which collaborate in the manufacturing
b) the range without refuelling
c) the size
d) where the plane is put together
e) where the wings are made
Everything about this aeroplane is enormous the numbers are truly mindboggling. Its overall length is 73 metres. That’s
about as long as the Great Sphinx in Egypt. The giant twodeck fuselage will typically have 550 seats, but has the potential
to carry up to 800 passengers. The tail, at 21 meters from the ground, is as high as a sevenstorey building. The 845m wing
area is big enough to park 70 cars.
The A380 can fly a staggering 15,000km without refuelling and in order to do that, it needs to carry 310,000 litres of fuel,
making the plane’s take off weight 560 tonnes. Incredibly, though, the A380 will actually be more fuelefficient than other,
similarsized jumbojets. Airbus claim that the plane will burn about 3 litres of fuel per passenger per 100km, making it as
economical to run as a family car.
The building of the A380 is a remarkable example of transnational cooperation. The final assembly line is in Toulouse in
France, but this is only the end of an impressively complicated process.
The construction of each aircraft is the result of collaboration between France, Germany, Britain and Spain. The wings, for
example, are built in England and Wales. The main sections of the fuselage are constructed in Hamburg, Germany. Parts for
the nose and the tail are in fact made in Spain, and only assembled in Germany. Everything is then shipped to France to be
The A380 jigsaw gets even more complicated, however. Although a European venture, few people realise how much of the ...