British Airways Flight Sets Transatlantic Speed Record!

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History was created on Sunday when a British Airways flight set a record as the fastest subsonic flight across the Atlantic Ocean, as a result of Storm Ciara. Read on to know more. By Amitha Ameen

A New York to London British Airways Flight 112 made the cross Atlantic trip in four hours and 56 minutes. The Boeing 747 reached a speed of 1287 km/h and arrived at the Heathrow airport 80 minutes ahead of schedule. According to the flight tracker blog Flightradar24, the flight beat a previous record of five hours and thirteen minutes held by a Norwegian carrier. The flight-tracking website also estimated that the average time taken by a plane to fly between New York and London is six hours and thirteen minutes.

Flightradar24 announced the news of the record-breaking flight on its Twitter account, writing: “If we’re not mistaken, BA now retakes the fastest subsonic NY-London crossing from Norwegian.”

The plane was able to travel at such speeds thanks to Storm Ciara’s 321.869kmph tailwinds and beat a Virgin Atlantic Airbus and a Virgin Atlantic Plane by a minute and three minutes, respectively.

In a statement, British Airways confirmed its achievement “We always prioritise safety over speed records, but our highly trained pilots made the most of the conditions to get customers back to London well ahead of time.”

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has issued yellow warnings in Scotland after Storm Ciara battered parts of UK and northern Europe with hurricane winds, high tides and heavy rains, bringing to halt normal life. Flights, trains and sea ports along with other cultural and social events have all been cancelled as authorities urged people to stay indoors.

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