Storm-aided jet breaks New York to Heathrow record

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A British Airways jet has broken the New York to Heathrow subsonic speed record – aided by high winds from Storm Ciara.

BA 112 touched down after a journey time of 4 hours 56 secs. The Boeing 747 was marginally ahead of a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350 which completed the journey in 4 hours 57 secs. Both landed round about 11pm on Saturday night.

According to tracking website Flightradar24 it was the fastest ever JFK to LHR subsonic flight – although the supersonic Concorde was significantly faster at around three and a half hours.

The flight, aided by tail winds of around 200 mph was great news for the London-bound passengers, but not so good for travellers going in the other direction. They faced added journey times of around two hours.

The storm, one of the worst in years brought major disruption to schedules with a huge number of delays and cancellations.

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