Private jets are known for their luxury and convenience, but did you know they also fly higher than commercial planes? There are many reasons why private jets can reach altitudes of up to 51,000 feet while most commercial planes stay between 30,000 and 40,000 feet. Here are some factors that make private jets soar above the rest.
So how high do they fly?
You might be curious about the cruising altitude of private jets in comparison to commercial planes. Typically, most commercial aircraft operate at approximately 35,000 feet (with variations specified by air traffic control along the route) and are certified to fly up to 41,000 feet. Certain widebody aircraft, such as the Airbus A380, Airbus A350, and Boeing 787, have higher certifications, reaching up to 43,100 feet (with some variations, like the 787-10 and A350-1000, rated lower at 41,100 feet and 41,450 feet). However, due to air traffic restrictions, they may not routinely operate at these altitudes.