- A British Airways flight from New York to London beat the world record for the fastest-ever transatlantic flight on Saturday.
- Flight BA112 took just four hours and 56 minutes, landing around two hours earlier than expected at London Heathrow Airport, according to FlightRadar24.
- The Boeing 747 plane's speedy journey was completed thanks to 320 lph winds in the "supercharged" jet stream, CNN reported.
- The strong winds came as Storm Ciara battered the UK and Ireland from Saturday. A man died in Southern England on Monday after the wind toppled a tree, which fell on his car, the BBC reported.
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A British Airways flight smashed the record for the fastest-ever subsonic passenger flight to have flown across the Atlantic on Saturday, after a storm battering the UK hugely accelerated wind speeds in the jet stream.
Flight BA112 took just four hours and 56 minutes to make its journey from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow Airport on Saturday.
It arrived at 4:43 a.m. UK time that day, almost two hours earlier than expected, according to flight-tracking site FlightRadar24. The average time for this journey is normally six hours and 30 minutes.
The accelerated journey also decreased the total amount of fuel consumption, FlightRadar24 said.
"The flight took advantage of a well-placed and strong jet stream to reach London in under 5 hours," FlightRadar24 said.
The jet stream is a core of strong winds, measuring between eight to eleven km, that blow from west to east - so, from North America to Europe - across the North Atlantic Ocean. It's located in the tropopause, above the Earth's surface. Winds in the jet stream reached 320 kph at the time of the flight, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.You can see the jet stream around the time of Saturday's record flight illustrated here:
Fastest across the Atlantic tonight from New York to London so far is #BA112 at 4hr56m. #VS4 in 4:57, and #VS46 in 4:59. https://t.co/gfYoHGV3Y6https://t.co/kMhjCqdEtt
The previous record for the same New-York-to-London route was held by a Boeing 787 plane flown by Norwegian Airlines, which took five hours and 13 minutes in January 2018.
Referring to its Saturday flight, a British Airways spokesman told Business Insider: "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."Storm Ciara was responsible for major travel disruptions across over the weekend, with 25,000 passengers affected by flight cancellations from Heathrow Airport alone, according to the Independent.
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