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British Airways flight breaks transatlantic record – thanks to Storm Ciara

The Boeing 747-436 made the 3,500-mile transatlantic journey in just 4 hours and 56 minutes.

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The record was set by a British Airways Boeing 747 landing at Heathrow (PA)

The record was set by a British Airways Boeing 747 landing at Heathrow (PA)

The record was set by a British Airways Boeing 747 landing at Heathrow (PA)

A British Airways plane is thought to have made the fastest ever flight by a conventional airliner from New York to London.

The Boeing 747-436 made the 3,500-mile transatlantic journey in just 4 hours and 56 minutes, helped by strong tailwinds as Storm Ciara blew in.

The BA112 flight, which took off from John F Kennedy airport, was scheduled to land at Heathrow at 6.25am on Sunday but arrived 102 minutes early at 4.43am.

According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the plane was one minute faster than Virgin Atlantic’s flight VS4 which was due to land around the same time.

The Virgin Airbus A350-1041 made the same flight in four hours and 57 minutes.

BA said in a statement: “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.”

The airline regained the subsonic record from Norwegian, whose Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flew from New York to London Gatwick in five hours and 13 minutes in 2018.

The quickest transatlantic passenger flight was set by Concorde in 1996 – which flew at more than twice the speed of sound for a journey of two hours and 52 minutes.

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