Last night, British Airways broke a record for fastest subsonic commercial transatlantic flight thanks to a “Ciara storm” jet stream of 418 km/h. Its Boeing 747-400 (G-CIVP) flew from New York JFK, United States to London Heathrow, United Kingdom in just 4 hours and 56 minutes.
If we're not mistaken, BA now retakes the fastest subsonic NY-London crossing from Norwegian. pic.twitter.com/Sr1GPeAjuh
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) February 9, 2020
Back in January 2018, Norwegian flew from New York JFK to London Gatwick in 5 hours 13 minutes with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. But that record today has now been broken by 17 minutes. Last night, Virgin Atlantic also operated a flight between New York JFK and London Heathrow in 4 hours and 57 minutes (Airbus A350 – G-VPOP), another Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350 flew across the big pond in 4 hours and 59 minutes.
Dutch weatherman Robert De Vries tweeted that – last night – this KLM Boeing 747 (PH-BFW) operated flight KL644 between New York JFK and Amsterdam, The Netherlands with a ground speed of 1317 km/h.
BREAKING: Afgelopen nacht vloog @KLM -vlucht 644 met een grondsnelheid van 1317 km/u, sneller dan het geluid boven Newfoundland. De boeing 747 vloog in de extreem sterke straalstroom van 418 km/u! Foto's en info van @MatthewCappucci. #heavy @Schiphol pic.twitter.com/wdkz59h302
— RobertDeVries.net (@weermanrobert) February 9, 2020