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Oh Yeah! British Airways smashes record for quickest subsonic flight from New York to London! Gotta love cruising at 825 mph on a B747-400! Would have been sweet to see that cruising speed readout being displayed on my seatback screen. Cheers! T7

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ondon (CNN) — A British Airways (BA) flight has broken the record for the fastest-ever subsonic flight between New York and London, reaching a top speed of more than 800mph (1,287km/h).

The Boeing 747 aircraft flew overnight from Saturday to Sunday and reached its destination in four hours and 56 minutes, as Storm Ciara sped towards the United Kingdom.

The plane landed at Heathrow airport at 4.43 a.m., almost two hours earlier than scheduled. Its top speed during the flight was 825mph (1,327km/h), according to Flightradar24, an online flight-tracking service.

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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://www.flightradar24.com/data/f...ba112#23cda523https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/vs4#23cda8ed

If we're not mistaken, BA now retakes the fastest subsonic NY-London crossing from Norwegian.


The flight-tracking platform estimates that the average time it takes a plane to fly between London and New York is six hours and 13 minutes.
Flightradar24 announced the news of the record-breaking flight on its Twitter account, writing: "If we're not mistaken, BA now retakes the fastest subsonic NY-London crossing from Norwegian."

The service added that the British Airways flight was one minute faster than a Virgin Airbus A350 flight, which touched down at Heathrow moments later. It beat another Virgin plane which landed half an hour later by three minutes.

All three flights comfortably beat the previous record of five hours and 13 minutes, held by Norwegian since January 2018.

A spokesperson for BA said: "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."

Storm Ciara made landfall in the United Kingdom over the weekend and has caused severe travel disruptions.

A company spokesperson told CNN that BA, like all other airlines operating flights into and out of the UK, was being affected by Storm Ciara -- and had canceled some of its flights and merged others.
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Update:

Having 200 mph tail winds sort of helps with breaking the record!
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Long live her majesty, the Queen of the Skies!

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I guess being really early from your time slot, wouldn't matter at 4:40 in the morning? Even at crazy busy LHR. She was really humming along.
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825 mph.... sweet ride. 12 miles a minute...
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A spokesperson for BA said: "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."........

..........A company spokesperson told CNN that BA, like all other airlines operating flights into and out of the UK, was being affected by Storm Ciara -- and had canceled some of its flights and merged others.
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Very impressive ...

The BA spokesperson seems to be very proud of his airline ...
.... but associated with a very strong altitude jet stream we can have very severe CAT ( Clear Air turbulence) which can be very dangerous.

I can understand why some airlines have cancelled their flights ...

In that case, highly trained pilots or not, we are all the same and there is very little we can do, there is no specific training to tackle Clear Air Turbulence.
The only solution is to change speed and altitude.

Not easy when flying over North Atlantic because you are assigned to a track, a speed and an altitude.
Your options are very limited, unless you declare an emergency ...

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Since the flight arrived so much earlier than planned, wonder if and how long the flight had to orbit waiting for a gate to be open?
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Long live her majesty, the Queen of the Skies!

Yes I agree! I thought it was a newer generation jumbo that broke the record, so it brought a smile to my face when I read it was her highness!
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825 mph.... sweet ride. 12 miles a minute...
Oh Yeah! "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. If you have not noticed already by looking out your seat back entertainment display or better yet look out your window, we are flying at 825 mph or 1,327 km per hour! Not something this beautiful aircraft does everyday".
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Very impressive ...

The BA spokesperson seems to be very proud of his airline ...
.... but associated with a very strong altitude jet stream we can have very severe CAT ( Clear Air turbulence) which can be very dangerous.

I can understand why some airlines have cancelled their flights ...

In that case, highly trained pilots or not, we are all the same and there is very little we can do, there is no specific training to tackle Clear Air Turbulence.
The only solution is to change speed and altitude.

Not easy when flying over North Atlantic because you are assigned to a track, a speed and an altitude.
Your options are very limited, unless you declare an emergency ...

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Hi Jean Pierre, it looks like there were 3 planes that day that broke the record set by Norwegian. Is it just me, or do you think there was some friendly competition going on between the 3 flights below?

First flight to break it!
Virgin Atlantic flight VS46, the airline's 8 p.m. service from New York to London, was able to make the transatlantic crossing in four hours and 59 minutes on Saturday. A350-1000XWB

Second flight to break VS46 record:
Flight VS4 beat its colleague by two minutes and completing the journey in four hours and 57 minutes. A350-1000XWB

Third flight to break VS4 record:
In the top spot for the evening was British Airways flight BA112, which was able to fly from New York to London in four hours and 56 minutes. B747-400

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https://www.businessinsider.com/3-ai...e-hours-2020-2

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When flying in controlled airspace and on North Atlantic Tracks the competition is very limited.

In order to maintain an appropriate spacing with other aircraft, you are assigned airways and a track you have to follow and also an altitude, a speed or Mach number you have to maintain.

You are not allowed to increase your speed because on that day you want to improve your personal record for the crossing.

The only thing you can do is to take profit of the wind conditions, bearing in mind that because of a possible and unexpected Clear Air Turbulence, the ride may not be as smooth as expected.

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When flying in controlled airspace and on North Atlantic Tracks the competition is very limited.

In order to maintain an appropriate spacing with other aircraft, you are assigned airways and a track you have to follow and also an altitude, a speed or Mach number you have to maintain.

You are not allowed to increase your speed because on that day you want to improve your personal record for the crossing.

The only thing you can do is to take profit of the wind conditions, bearing in mind that because of a possible and unexpected Clear Air Turbulence, the ride may not be as smooth as expected.

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I hear you, Jean Pierre. I think these pilots had a unique situation presented to them with the 200mph tail winds, and all 3 flights took advantage of it. Guessing nobody from the ground that was tracking their flights told them to ease off the throttle? To hear that the Queen of the Skies had put "the pedal to the metal" was quite fascinating to read about it for the aviation buffs who hold the B747 as their favorite jumbo. I am quite sure that the suits at British Airways head office probably told the record breaking pilots that possible safety regulations were breached on their part during the flight, but at the same time the suits were high-fiving/fist bumping the pilots for putting British Airways on the record books for the time being. This BA record will probably be broken in the near future. Cheers! T7
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