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Norwegian breaks speed record

A New York to London flight smashes the transatlantic record.

A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flying from New York to London has broken the record for the fastest ever journey in a subsonic passenger jet, touching down at Gatwick after a little over five hours.

The Norwegian aircraft was propelled forwards on a powerful jet stream as it flew across the Atlantic and touched down 53 minutes earlier than expected.

It took off from New York JFK at 11:44 local time and quickly reached a top speed of 1249 km/h (776 mph), landing at London’s Gatwick Airport at 21:57 GMT last Monday.

Flight DY7014 had a precise journey time of five hours and 16 minutes, which is three minutes faster than the previous record set by a British Airways flight in 2015.

Even faster
Carrying 284 passengers, the plane was helped on its way by a 325 km/h jet stream. But if it hadn’t been for turbulence, the journey time could have been even shorter, according to the captain Harold van Dam.

“We were actually in the air for just over five hours, and if it had not been for forecasted turbulence at lower altitude we could have flown even faster,” he told Mail Online.

The fastest ever transatlantic crossing was by a BA Concorde, which flew from New York to London in just two hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds.

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