The BA Boeing 747-436 flight left JFK airport and arrived at Heathrow Airport in four hours and 56 minutes, beating a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350 flight by one minute.
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The British Airways recorded the fastest New York to London flight after riding on Storm Ciara winds. It reached London’s Heathrow Airport 80 minutes ahead of schedule. The Boeing 747-436 crossed speeds of 800 mph as it rode a jet stream accelerated by Storm Ciara, which has left the United Kingdom battered. According to Flightradar24, an online flight-tracking service, the flight left JFK airport and arrived at Heathrow Airport in four hours and 56 minutes, a minute earlier to a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350 flight.
Both the planes surpassed the previous record of Norwegian Air Shuttle, which reached London Gatwick from JFK airport in 5 hours and 13 minutes in January 2018. Aviation consultant and former BA pilot Alastair Rosenschein told BBC that the flight reached a “phenomenal speed”. BBC Weather reported that the jet stream reached speeds of 260 mph, relative to the air, the plane was travelling slower than 801mph. The report added that despite travelling faster than the speed of sound, the plane would not have broken the sonic barrier as it was held along by fast-moving air.