Passenger plane Boeing 747-436 British Airways in the night from 8 to 9 February 2020 set a record flight time across the Atlantic among a subsonic aircraft. According to the records of the service Flightradar24, the plane flew from the International airport of a name of John Kennedy and flew to Heathrow airport in London just 4 hours 56 minutes. In this in-flight ground speed of the aircraft reached 717 nodes (1328 kilometers per hour).
About 40 minutes after departure from new York Boeing 747-436 got into the air flow of the hurricane “Chiara”, formed over the Atlantic and heading towards Europe. Due to this the liner and was able to overcome 5554 kilometers in a little less than 5 hours. For comparison, the average flight time from new York to London in calm weather is 6 hours 13 minutes.
Despite the fact that the ground speed of the aircraft was 1328 miles per hour, which is almost 100 kilometers per hour more than the speed of sound at the ground, in reality, the sound barrier is not overcome. Ground speed of the plane is its speed relative to the earth’s surface. It is determined by many factors, including the speed of the air streams in which moving aircraft.
The air speed of the plane is its speed relative to the air stream in which it is located. Cruising speed for the Boeing 747-436 are 504 node (933 km / h). Likely to be or close to it speed passenger Boeing 747-436 and was flying relative to the air flow of the hurricane “Chiara”. But due to the fact that the very air flow of the hurricane also had their own speed, ground speed liner turned out conventionally supersonic.
8 Feb Boeing 747-436 British Airways was not the only plane to get from new York to London well ahead of schedule. Two Airbus A350-1041 airline Virgin Atlantic that day spent on transatlantic flights over 4 hours and 57 minutes and 4 hours and 59 minutes. The planes, carrying out flights from London to new York arrived at the destination about two hours later.
The previous record time for transatlantic flights was installed in January 2018 passenger aircraft Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Norwegian airline Norwegian. This liner is held in the air 5 hours 13 minutes.
The absolute record flight across the Atlantic was established in February 1996, the supersonic passenger aircraft Concorde British Airways. This aircraft performed a flight from new York to London in 2 hours 52 minutes.