Fastest subsonic flight between New York and London

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  • Mark Caswell
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    Seems the record changed hands a few times during Storm Ciara.

    Virgin Atlantic posted a tweet conceding the record to British Airways (four hours 56 minutes), but couldn’t resist blaming it on the extra engines and fuel consumption of BA’s B747…

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    pheighdough
    Participant

    The Norwegian JFK-LGW would have captured the record off the first approach if it hadn’t gone around and then proceeded to Copenhagen?

    The B787 reigns supreme in the N Atlantic speed race!


    Swissdiver
    Participant

    776mph, that is Mach 1.0470964. How come this could be considered as subsonic?


    JohnnyG
    Participant

    Apparently, that is ground speed not true airspeed,


    Inquisitive
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    Participant

    Apparently, that is ground speed not true airspeed,

    JohnnyG is right. Ground speed is addition of aircraft speed and tail wind speed in this case


    MartynSinclair
    Participant

    One other interesting piece of data is the block time. This added around 52 minutes to the flight time, in other words 18% of the overall time for this record flight time, was ground movement.

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    AFlyingDutchman
    Participant

    I wonder if anyone complained in First or Club that due to the very short flight they didn’t receive all the ‘service’ they had paid for? Also, how does Heathrow handle such early arrivals as I thought there was a curfew between 23h00 and 05h00 or am I mistaken.


    LondonAndy70
    Participant

    A certain number of planes are allowed to break the curfew on a regular basis…

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    Swissdiver
    Participant

    I landed before 5am a number of times, essentially coming from Asia. I guess it make no sense for an aircraft to go in circle simply because it flew too fast.

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    capetonianm
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    One other interesting piece of data is the block time. This added around 52 minutes to the flight time, in other words 18% of the overall time for this record flight time, was ground movement.

    Isn’t the flight time calculated from liftoff to touchdown when it comes to establishing records? I know that for timetabling purposes it is block time, but I think this is different.

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