Date: 28 Sep 97 20:59:07 From: Andrew Cruickshank <email@example.com> Organization: OpenKast Followups: 1 2 3
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A few years ago a flew BA from KUL to LHR and the pilot's commentary over the PA stated cruise would be at 26,000 ft. I though this a bit low and stowed it away for future reference. Last week I did LHR to KUL with MAS and the pilot said we would be at 29,000 ft initially until we were lighter. This raises the question - is the cruise level of a 747-400 with full load of passengers and cargo limited until fuel burn off occurs. Given that no specific climb was obvious (increase in engine noise or change in cabin pressure) then this also raises the question as to whether some of cruise-climb phase is used as fuel burns off. ----------------------- Andrew Cruickshank.