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New York to London in five hours? British Airways does it

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Filed on February 10, 2020 | Last updated on February 10, 2020 at 10.29 pm
New York, London, five hours, British Airways,

(AP file photo)

The previous record was held by a Norwegian Air flight, which flew between the two cities with a flight time of five hours and 13 minutes.

For the first time in years, a commercial passenger plane has flown across the Atlantic in less than five hours.

A British Airways flight landed early Sunday morning at Heathrow Airport in London after leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York just four hours and 56 minutes earlier.  That set a new speed record for subsonic - or slower than the speed of sound - commercial aircraft to fly between the two cities, according to Flightradar24, which tracks global flights. The previous record was held by a Norwegian Air flight, which flew between the two cities with a flight time of five hours and 13 minutes.

The flight had been expected to take 102 minutes longer. The recent average flight time between New York and London is 6 hours and 13 minutes, according to Flightradar24. The wind and air currents were ideal for a fast flight, said Ian Petchenik, Flightradar24's communications director.


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