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  • BPP
    Participant

    Reading the latest BT magazine, specifically the wine awards I am curious why the judges need to discover wines that perform well at 35000 feet when the cabin altitude rarely (one hopes!) exceeds 8000 feet?
    BPP


    DavidSmith2
    Participant

    Standard cruising altitude is 35,000 feet or 10,600 metres. Or am I missing something?


    esselle
    Participant

    Standard cruising altitude is 35,000 feet or 10,600 metres. Or am I missing something?

    Isn’t it the difference between altitude and pressurisation?


    DavidSmith2
    Participant

    Standard cruising altitude is 35,000 feet or 10,600 metres. Or am I missing something?

    Isn’t it the difference between altitude and pressurisation?

    Yes, I think you are correct. But, for me, altitude is actual (i.e. height above sea level). If the cabin is pressurised to give the impression of lower altitude, which it does, then that is virtual altitude, not actual. How all of that impacts on the taste (and impact) of wine is another matter though.


    BPP
    Participant

    Hi All
    The pressure outside the aircraft at 35000feet is very little indeed and certainly not condusive to breathing let alone drinking. The cabin is continually pressurised to an altitude equivalent to 8000feet to facillitate both in comfort.
    I do suspect that this is all a euphermism for overcomming poor storage and handling.

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    nevereconomy
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    I misread this and thought it was more BA rant about cabin attitude.

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    Tom Otley
    Keymaster

    Cabin Attitude would be a good name for a regular column.

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    TonyR
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    I would agree with others that the wines have to perform well at whatever altitude the plane is cruising at even if the cabin pressure is equivalent to that at 8,000ft. When you fly you say you ate at 35,000 or whatever ft, not 8,000 ft. But maybe “perform well at altitude” would have been better given the range of altitudes they can fly at I have heard it said that it makes a difference to the taste of the wine and food so that stronger flavours are needed (and the alcohol is more intoxicating). All I can say when I have found wines I know and love being served onboard, they have tasted the same to my low resolution palate.

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