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Highest Altitude On A Commercial Flight?  
User currently offlineTheBigOne From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 240 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 16616 times:

Returning to LHR from PHL on a BA 777 this week, the PTV 'airshow' indicated the aircraft's altitude as 43,000ft. This is the highest altitude that an aircraft I've been on has reached. Has anyone been on a regular commercial service (excluding Concorde), where the aircraft has flown higher than this?


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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13644 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 16605 times:
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I've flown at FL410 on 757s a few times, but never higher than that.


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User currently offlineNjdevilsin03 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 731 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 16580 times:

41,000 Continental 777 acft 005, MCO-EWR


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User currently offlineNW7E7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 534 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 16551 times:

FL410 on BA 777 LGW-ATL.
FL400 on NW 752 DTW-MEM.


User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6872 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 16530 times:

I'll bet no paying passenger has been higher than FL430 on a subsonic airliner-- I doubt that any is certificated to go higher than that.

User currently offlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 757 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 16526 times:
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410 is it for me, too. I didn't know a regular commercial jet ever went higher than that.

The most surprising plane to cruise at that altitude that I was on was a DL CRJ, believe it or not! It was from Wichita to Cincinnati, and we went up to 410 to go over a storm.

My first time at 410 was on a DL 767-200 - The Spirit of Delta, in fact - on a flight from SEA - ATL.



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User currently offlineKDTWFlyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 830 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 16509 times:

I know the certified ceiling on the 747-400 is 45,000ft. and assume at times they have flown that high, which would be awesome. Hop in a Citation X, Learjet 45, or Gulfstream V etc., you could cruise around at 51,000ft. however, the time of useful consciousness at that altitude is probably around 5-6 seconds during sudden decompression so it wouldn't be the safest of ideas. I believe 747SP's routinely flew above 40,000ft. but I'm not certain about that.

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User currently offlineStudentFlyer From Australia, joined Sep 2004, 688 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 16490 times:

I've been at FL430 in a B744 before. I can't remember which flight it was though..... I don't think I've flown any higher than that.

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User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 16486 times:

Who decides the FL, the Captain?


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User currently offlineStudentFlyer From Australia, joined Sep 2004, 688 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 16483 times:

I think it depends on the Flight plan, and also based on the calculations of the fuel. Usually, a plane, when it has just taken off, it will cruise at a lower altitude, then as the fuel gets less, which translates to less weight, it will go higher. But the captain does have a decision, e.g on emergencies. But most of the time, it depends on the airway used during planning

Regards,
AK


User currently offlineConvair990 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 16471 times:

My highest altitude was FL 410 on a NW 752 between MSP-DTW, with second place at FL 390 going from MSP-LAX as well as DTW-MEM, both on NW.

[Edited 2004-10-01 14:48:41]


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User currently offlineSkysurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 16453 times:

In 1999 I flew SIN - MAN onboard an SIA 747 and the display in the airplane read just under 45,000ft.

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User currently offlineKC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16385 times:

FL410 on AA 757

User currently offlinePhilsquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 16391 times:

The ceiling for the 747/747-400 is 45100. The limit is the ability of the aircraft to make an emergency descent in 4 minutes or less. In fact, if I remember correctly all 75/76/777 are also 45100.

As far as selecting the flight level, ultimately, it's up to the captain. However, the flight plans are normally run to get you the optimum flight level. Plus, the FMS also provides optimum and max flight level for the given weight and temp. On the 400, ideally, you want to fly +-2000 feet of your optimum flight level.


User currently offlineSnowJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 207 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 16313 times:

Delta Airlines 777-200ER, 43,000 feet, ground speed 731 MPH. We were hauling some serious a** and way up there to boot! Great tailwind! (ATL-LGW)


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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7108 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 16305 times:

The concorde cruised at over 55,000 feet.

User currently offlineSnowJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 207 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 16304 times:

You got to fly on the Concorde?? Must be nice... Big grin


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User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days ago) and read 16302 times:

41,000ft on a UA 777-200 from DEN to EWR a few yrs back, was a really nice flight Embarrassment) First time i discovered Channel 9!!!


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User currently offlineAA300B From Ecuador, joined Jul 2004, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 16255 times:


FL 38,000 on a AA 763 from MIA to MAD.
l've heard about channel 9 but...what's that???



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 16216 times:
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Got to FL410 on a SAA 747SP on a flight from JNB (elevation 5,577ft) to DUR (elevation 25ft) and the flight time was less than an hour! Had a jump seat directly behind the captain and feeling that thing climb was awesome.


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User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 16213 times:

1st place B6 A320 FLL-LGA OCT 1 FL390
2nd Place: B6 A320 LGA-FLL OCT 3 FL 360


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