OmShanti
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Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 1:07 am

Hi Friends,
I am interested to know what is the highest cruise altitude you have attained while flying on a commercial airplane and what kind of a/c were you in. One that comes to mind for me is on a LH 744 from AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA to BOS and we were cruising at around 41000 ft. I quite didnt understand the reasoning and didn't know it could actually fly at such an high altitude.

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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 1:08 am

FL410 was my highest in a 757
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 1:09 am

I was on a UA 772 from ORD - LHR, and we got up to 43,000. We were at 39,000, but for whatever reason, they (the pilots) got clearance to go a little higher once we got off the east coast of Canada.

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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 1:11 am

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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 1:14 am

How many people on Concorde at 55000ft?

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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 1:17 am

FL410 on a UA 772 SFO-DEN

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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 1:18 am

FL390 In a Iberia's 742.
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 1:18 am

I think the Concorde was at FL600, 60.000 ft... right?  Insane
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 1:20 am

FL510 on a Citation X. Pretty neat to watch the TCAS, and all the symbols a -8, 9, 12 and so on. We were the only ones up there. By the way, it was en route GSO - PHX. Gotta love the biz jets.
 
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 1:20 am

FL600 was certainly possible with concorde, although FL550 was common.

I have been in a 777 at FL430 as well.

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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 1:27 am

Omshanti,

41000 isn't that uncommon, especially for transatlantic routes. Each flight is assigned an altitude before the start. It ranges from like 20,000 something to 40 0r 50,000 feet (someone with more technical knowledge can be more specific. This is done for spacing. Your flight just happened to be assigned 41000

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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 2:04 am

My parents flew the Concorde once. They described how the flight deck called the passengers' attention to the fact that they were "surpassing" the 18km altitude and the curvature of Earth could be clearly seen now. The bird leveled shortly afterwards. That must be somewhere around 60,000 ft.

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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 3:06 am

Above FL180, there is spacing of 1000' between each level. Westbound gets even, eastbound odd. This lasts until FL290. At that point, there is 2000' spacing with the even that would have been at FL300 getting the first 2000' jump (over FL290) making it FL310. The next westbound, therefore, would be FL330, even at 350, etc.

Occassionaly, for weather or traffic, you will can be assigned a flight level that is normally for the opposite direction - and usually only temporarily. You will hear the ATC assign "flight level 350, wrong way" just as a comfirmation that they know they are putting you on the opposite direction flight level.
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 3:18 am

I believe highest I've flown is FL450 on Corsair 747SP from PPT to LAX. My brother is a pilot and was traveling with me. They invited us both into the cockpit. I remember when they were discussing altitude, the F/O made a hand gesture as if we were balancing on the head of a pin.
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 3:21 am

FL 390 LH 742

In Europe we have reduced vertical separation minima above FL290 which means that the spacing goes on in 1000 ft steps...
 
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 3:22 am

FL580 on BA 001, October 15 2003.
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/37028/6/

Concorde rarely, if ever, hit 60,000 feet across the pond. On the equator where it's hotter on the ground, it's colder upstairs so on special charters, Concorde hit FL600 (ie Honolulu-Nadi, Guam-Bangkok) but on the Atlantic run it wasn't possible.
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 5:51 am

Anyone else here recall the story of the SR-71 that asked ATC for FL600? Supposedly, the controller didn't realize he was talking to a high altitude recon plane, and controller snidely remarked "sure, you're cleared FL600 if able" to which the pilot then responded, "roger, descending FL600"
 
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 6:38 am

WN Flight 257, ISP-PBI, 737 series 700 with winglets...FL450. BA, JFK-LHR, Concorde, FL600. It sure was high and fast!
 
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 10:32 am

57,000ft British Airways Concorde G-BOAC, flight BA001 31st July 2003.
 
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Sat May 29, 2004 11:55 am

56,000ft . BA Concorde G-BOAG Oct 1 2003 LHR to YYZ. Doing Mach 2 over Newfoundland and Quebec...yee haa
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 7:50 am

Max altitude for 747 is FL45100. In the military just over FL 500 in an F-15, although you're restricted to FL 500 without a pressure suit.
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 8:51 am

FL450 on a QF B744, flying JNB-SYD in June 2003, can't remember the exact date though. We were avoiding some bad weather, so we climbed from FL390 to FL450, maintained it for about 2 hours, then back down to FL390.

It was pretty exciting, that's the highest I have ever been, must be awesome to fly at 55,000 feet in a Concorde, but sadly I will never get to experience that now  Crying
 
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 11:45 am

FL450+ on a 747SP JFK-NRT. It actually feels high walking around at that altitude on the plane.
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RE: Highest Cruise Altitude?

Tue Jun 01, 2004 12:05 pm

FL510 on a Citation X.

That must have been awesome traveling at the max ceiling for the C X.

For those who flew the Concorde from Toronto, did they have to wait to kick it in high gear until they were over the ocean? Or were they allowed Mach speeds in the upper portions of Canada?

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