Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Budget carrier claims fastest transatlantic flight record

Budget carrier claims fastest transatlantic flight record

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by the low-priced carrier on Monday reached a top speed of 776 miles per hour (mph) as it surfed winds of up to 202mph.

A low-priced carrier has broken the record for the fastest transatlantic flight by a conventional airliner.

A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operated by Norwegian, the budget airline, flew 3,500 miles from JFK airport in NY to Gatwick in five hours 13 minutes on Monday.

An American Airlines flight from Heathrow to JFK on Monday took seven hours and 47 minutes.

In 2015, British Airways (BA) operated a Boeing 777 that took just five hours and 16 minutes to cross the pond.

There were 284 passengers on board, who, after leaving NY at 11.44 a.m. ET, were probably pretty happy to arrive in London at 9.57 p.m. GMT - 53 minutes ahead of schedule.

It benefitted from strong tailwinds over the Atlantic Ocean that reached a maximum of 176 knots (202 mph), with the aircraft hitting a top speed of 776mph during the flight.

Captain Harold van Dam in command of the record-breaking transatlantic flight from NY to London.

Norwegian plane
GETTY RECORD BREAKER The Norwegian flight was the fastest transatlantic subsonic passenger flight

It completed the 3,458-mile journey from JFK to Gatwick, with 284 passengers on board, in five hours and 13 minutes.

The fastest Concorde flight from NY to London happened on February 7, 1996, when it crossed the pond in just shy of 2 hours 53 minutes, according to British Airways.

Captain Harold van Dam at Norwegian said: "The 787 Dreamliner is a pleasure to fly and it's a great feeling to know that we have set a new record in this aircraft".

Computer model simulation of jet stream winds on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, when the flight record was set.

According to Norwegian Air, that's the fastest transatlantic trip ever for a subsonic commercial aircraft.

"The passengers and crew were very pleasantly surprised".

Pilots have long used jet streams - which flow across the globe from west to east - to cut journey times and save fuel.

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