Storm Ciara Boosted BA Flight to New Transatlantic Crossing Record

By Gary Cutlack on at

A British Airways flight from New York to London set a staggering new speed record thanks to the extreme westerlies of storm Ciara, maxing out at a ground speed of 825mph and arriving an unprecedented 80 minutes ahead of schedule.

The previous trans best was recorded by a Norwegian wind rider a couple of years ago, which completed the same run in a shade under five and a quarter hours thanks to the gusts of the day. The BA flight nestled into a jet stream pumping chlorinated US air towards us at speeds as high as 260mph, although there won't have been any sonic boom action thanks to the air around the plane travelling faster than usual too, and it's all relative.

A BA spokespilot said: "We always prioritise safety over speed records. Our highly-trained pilots made the most of the conditions to get customers back to London well ahead of time."

Unfortunate passengers going the other way had to spend an extra hour on their planes, though, as pilots either trundeled through the headwinds or took a longer route further north to avoid Ciara's raging jet stream. [Flightradar via BBC]