For those of you out there with knowledge of the 737-400, what is the typical climb speed (not vertical rate) used above 10,000 ft? I know the limit is 250 kts IAS below 10,000, but the manual for MSFS 2000 says to maintain 280 kts IAS in ascent above 10,000. Personally, I like to set the fuel load to 60-70% prior to takeoff, allowing me to accelerate to and maintain 340 kts IAS above 10,000 ft until I intercept my cruise mach number (I then set the autothrottle to that mach number). My climb rate is generally 2,700 ft/min to 7,000 ft and then 1,700 ft up to cruise.
For descent, the manual says to maintain 250 kts IAS. But, again, I like to do "cruise descents," maintaining the cruise mach number while I descend at about 1,700 ft/min, and then 340 kts, and then 250 kts below 10,000, slowing to about 145 for final approach.
Anyway, how am I doing? How does this compare to airline operating procedure? To make my flight times more realistic, should I hold my climb speed to 280 kts IAS, or is it OK to accelerate to 340 kts? In a real-life situation, would this cause too much stress on the airframe or be too wasteful of fuel?