British Airways has smashed the record for quickest flight, after the plane flew from New York to London in just 4 hours and 56 minutes.
The ordinary travel time between New York and London is around 6 hours 50 mins. The aircraft flew across the Atlantic overnight on Saturday and Sunday, getting its speed over 800mph.
According to an online flight tracking service (Flightradar24), the Boeing 747 left JFK Airport and reached Heathrow in just 4 hours and 56 minutes. Also, the British Airline flight got its highest ground speed of 825mph on the East coast of Newfoundland at about 35,000ft.
One of the passengers told MailOnline that everyone start to applause when the pilot revealed the accomplishment. ‘I didn’t have enough time to catch some sleep the flight was so fast‘, he said. ‘There was a round of applause from the passengers. I looked around at everyone’s face – everyone was astonished’. ‘The woman opposite me was more like‘ “What?!” “How?!” I’m going to keep my boarding pass as a memento.’
A new record has been set for passenger planes as its time beats the current record held by Norwegian Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which reached Gatwick from JFK in 5 hours and 13 minutes back in 2018.
Also, the British Airline flight was only 1 minute faster than a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350, which also took off from New York, and 3 minutes ahead of a Virgin Airways plane that landed at Heathrow a few moments later. Flights traveling in the opposite direction were taking more than two hours long.
A British Airways spokesman, speaking to the Independent said: ‘We always prioritize 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.‘
The fastest ever flight crossing the Atlantic was made by BA Concorde which flew from New York to London in 2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds on the 7th of February 1996 – reaching a top speed of 1,350 mph.
In spite of helping flights speed up throughout the Atlantic, Storm Ciara, the UK’s worst storm in the last seven years, has also caused extreme cuts in travel services.
Numerous flights, trains, as well as ferryboat services have been canceled and passengers have been advised to void traveling because Ciara will bring flying debris.
The ‘flow rate’ at Heathrow Airport has been lowered and lots of cancellations have been made. British Airlines has cancelled at least 140 flights to and from Heathrow.
Also, services to Dallas-Fort Worth, Dubai, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Philadelphia, San Diego and Vancouver were prevented from flying. The action will affect around 5,000 passengers.
You may also like: “You can catch coronavirus just 15 minutes within 2 meters of infected people“