News: Aviation Today (Structure and Vocabulary practice)

Here’s an article taken from here.  Read it and send me the answers to the questions below it, if you’d like to discuss the topic. Remember that if we were practicing this in class it would be oral, and you’d be exercising all the 6 evaluation criteria: Pronunciation, Structure, Vocabulary, Fluency, Comprehension and Interactions.


Notícias: A Aviação Hoje (Prática de Estrutura e Vocabulário)

Aqui vai um artigo tirado deste site.  Leia e me envie as respostas às questões abaixo dele, se quiser discutir o tema. Lembre-se que se esse exercício estivesse sendo feito em sala de aula ele seria oral e você estaria praticando os 6 critérios de avaliação: Pronúncia, Estrutura, Vocabulário, Fluência, Compreensão e Interações.


United Places Orders For Boeing, Airbus Planes
Dec 08, 2009 09:54 AM

United Tuesday announced a significant investment in the company’s future with a widebody aircraft order that will enable the carrier to reduce operating costs and better match aircraft to key markets it serves, while providing its customers with state-of-the-art cabin comfort. The new technology aircraft will reduce fuel burn and environmental impact, while enabling service to a broader array of international destinations, the carrier said. United ordered 25 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and has future purchase rights for 50 of each aircraft.

The order follows a six-month request for proposal process, which resulted in agreements with both manufacturers, enabling the company to meet its financial and operational objectives and respond to changes in future market conditions. The breadth in size and capabilities of the different aircraft models ensure the company has the right aircraft for the right market throughout the fleet replacement cycle, United said.

“Over the last few years we have made fundamental improvements in United’s performance, delivering excellent cost control while improving the quality and reliability of our product,” said Glenn Tilton, UAL Corp. chairman, president and CEO. “This aircraft order is another significant step on the path to position United for long-term success in a highly competitive global market.”


1) What’s your favorite manufacturer, Boeing or Airbus? Why?
2) Do you think it’s better for an airline company to have all its aircraft made by the same manufacturer? Why? (or why not?)
3) What aspects should a carrier take into consideration when making such an important decision?


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