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British Airways Boeing 747-400 flight BA112 sets new record for fastest New York to London

A British Airways plane has set a new record for the fastest New York to London flight thanks to an extremely powerful jet stream.

  • The flight took off at 18:47 from JFK.
  • The Boeing 747-436 (reg. G-CIVP) reached speeds of 680kt as it rode a jet stream accelerated by Storm Ciara.
  • The plane touched down at London Heathrow at 04:43, 4 hours and 56 minutes after taking off from New York's JFK Airport.


BA confirmed the new record.
"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 spokesperson said.

Shortly after the flight's arrival, a Fly Norwegian aircraft was close to completing a record-setting journey but was forced for a go around and then diverted to Copenhagen.

The previous record was held by Norwegian on JFK to Gatwick route.

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