Boeing 747 beat subsonic passenger airliners record: British Airways flew from New York to London in 4 hours and 56 minutes — almost an hour and a half faster than a BA112 flight usually takes. True, the plane was lucky with the weather.
Liner was helped by the Ciara storm, thanks to which the wind speed from west to east reached 321 km / h. So, the speed of the Boeing 747 relative to the Earth’s surface was 1327 km / h beyond it. At the same time, the liner itself flew at a speed of 900 km / h, familiar to him. That is, the Boeing 747 did not exceed the supersonic speed, which is measured relative to the air flow, and not relative to the Earth.
If we’re not mistaken, BA now retakes the fastest subsonic NY-London crossing from Norwegian. pic.twitter.com/Sr1GPeAjuh
– Flightradar24 (@ flightradar24) February 9, 2020
It is known that this is not only the fastest subsonic British Airways flight across the Atlantic Ocean, but also the fastest for all airlines in general. The previous record belonged to the Norwegian low-cost airline: in 2018, its Boeing 787 Dreamliner flew from New York to London in 5 hours and 13 minutes. At that time, the element also helped to set a record.
The record for the speed of flight between London and New York belongs to the supersonic Concorde: in 1996, the Anglo-French plane reached the Big Apple in 2 hours and 52 minutes. Usually Concorde took 3 hours and 15 minutes on this route.