: the height in the sky at which an airplane stays for most of a flight
The pilot announced that we'd reached cruising altitude.
a cruising altitude of 40,000 feet
Recent Examples on the Web Related Story 58 Best True Crime Documentaries To Watch ASAP The plane reached cruising altitude at 1:07 a.m., and had its last communication with air traffic control around 1:21 a.m. —Korin Miller, Women's Health, 10 Mar. 2023 Instead, the pilots pulled up, climbing to cruising altitude and continued to the flight’s destination of San Francisco without any other problems. —Jonathan Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Feb. 2023
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