A British Airways plane broke the Atlantic crossing record on Sunday, February 9.
New York has never been so close to London. As storm Ciara hits northern Europe this Sunday, February 9, a British Airways Boeing 747-400 has just broken a record. Indeed, as spotted by FlightRadar24, relayed by LCI, the plane that linked New York to London arrived more than an hour early. While the journey time to cover these 5,554 kilometers is usually 6:13, the British company's aircraft took only 4.56 hours.
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It is thanks to a very powerful “Jet stream” that this Boeing 747 was able to achieve this feat, with an average speed of 1,100 km / h. This altitude air current was then rectilinear with winds at more than 350km / h. Storm Ciara was still at this time off Canada. The previous record dates back to January 2018. A Norwegian Boeing 787 had taken 5:13 to connect the Big Apple to London, recalls the site FlightRadar24.
This Sunday, in the heat of Ciara, the record for crossing the Atlantic was broken. If the British Airways plane now holds the record, other companies have not gone far. Two Virgin Atlantic flights linked the two cities in 4:57 and 4:59.
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Storm Ciara is expected to hit the northern part of France this Sunday at midday. 35 departments have been placed on orange alert. Gusts of over 150 km / h are expected next night in some regions. On the coast, vigilance will be increased with the risk of strong waves and submersions.