cruising altitude


: 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

Examples of cruising altitude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Data from aviation tracking site FlightRadar24 showed the flight suddenly dipping and then rapidly climbing a few hundred feet, then dipping and climbing again, before finally settling back at its cruising altitude. Juliana Liu, CNN, 11 June 2024 Fatalities are extremely rare in incidents of turbulence, particularly during travel at cruising altitude that’s considered the most stable part of the journey. TIME, 21 May 2024 The FlightRadar24 data show the flight, which was cruising at 37,000 feet, suddenly dipping then rapidly climbing a few hundred feet before dipping and climbing again and then finally settling back at its cruising altitude. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 21 May 2024 Plus, planes are subject to more intense solar radiation at cruising altitude, and the white paint can help reflect it. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 14 Apr. 2024 The aircraft has hit cruising altitude, there’s no turbulence, and you’re settled comfortably in your seat, eager to give the in-flight entertainment your full attention. Blane Bachelor, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Apr. 2024 Max 9 about halfway to its cruising altitude and traveling at more than 400 mph (640 kph). Terry Spencer, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2024 According to a preliminary report, air traffic control lost contact with the Batik Air Airbus A320 90 minutes into its flight while at a cruising altitude of 36,000 feet. Ryan Erik King / Jalopnik, Quartz, 12 Mar. 2024 Both would not have been the case had the door plug come out at the cruising altitude above 30,000 feet. Chris Isidore, CNN, 18 Feb. 2024

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“Cruising altitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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