October 3, 2011 10 Comments
Steven Clougher, over at MysteriousNZ, in regards to the cruising altitude of NZ domestic flights, states that…
When on internal flights, around 27,000ft is common
36,000ft for international flights, as I recall
Is this true, I wonder? (Surely it is, after all, Steven is on record as being vehemently against conjecture). How about a quick check on Flightradar.com to find the altitude of planes over NZ airspace at the moment?
It lists one domestic flight – AirNZ Flight 526 from Christchurch to Auckland. Its altitude…?
And actually, as I write, I can watch Jetstar flight 261 from Auckland to Wellington (the plane just south of Waiuku in the image above) climbing out of AKL to a height of … 30000ft (as it gets close to passing over New Plymouth).
But, hey, don’t let reality get in the way of your assumptions, eh?