A British Airways flight flying from New York to London beat the transatlantic subsonic flight speed record with help from Storm Ciara.
The Boeing 747-436 reached 1,327 km/h (825 mph) while riding a jet stream which was accelerated by the storm.
This speed put the flight into Heathrow Airport 80 minutes ahead of schedule on Sunday morning.
“The flight was riding a much stronger than usual jet stream, with winds over 200 mph (321.9lm/h) propelling the aircraft,” said senior CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.
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
The plane beat out the previous record-holder, a Norwegian flight which touched down at Heathrow in January 2018.
“We always prioritise safety over speed records, but our highly trained pilots made the most of the conditions to get customers back to London well ahead of time,” a spokesperson for BA said.
Although it was travelling faster than the speed of sound, the plane did not break the sonic barrier as it was helped by the fast-moving air, relative to which it was moving slower.
Image: @breakingavnews/ Twitter