British Council-Airbus

British Council-Airbus

British Council-Airbus


Transcript of the podcast

Everything about this aeroplane is enormous, the numbers are truly mind-­boggling

Its overall length is 73 metres

That’s about as long as the Great Sphinx in Egypt

The giant two­-deck 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 seven-storey building

The 845m2 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 takeoff weight 560 tonnes

Incredibly, though, the A380 will actually be more fuel-­efficient than other, similar­-sized jumbo­-jets

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 put together

The A380 jigsaw gets even more complicated, however. Although a European venture, few people realise how much of the plane is actually made or designed outside the EU

The wings, for example, were created by designers in Wichita in the United States. Some wing panels, the wheels, and most of the cockpit electronics are also made in America

In fact, in terms of actual cost, almost half the aircraft is made in the USA

Answers 1 c, 2 b, 3 d, 4 a, 5 e

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