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What is the ceiling of an aircraft?

Published on 04/10/2015 07:00 - By

Each type of aircraft has its own certified ceiling, which is the maximum altitude it is authorised to fly in sustained flight, and is limited by the aircraft’s engine/s and aerodynamics.

For example, single-aisle airliners, such as the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737, have a ceiling of about 12,000 metres ( 39,000 ft ). Larger aircraft, like the Boeing 747 or Airbus A380, have a ceiling of around 13,000 metres ( 42,000 ft ), whereas fighter ‘planes have an even higher ceiling of some 15,000 metres ( 50,000 ft ).

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