The Sunday British Airways flight from New York to London ended up with setting a new record in terms of the amount of time it took to cross the Atlantic, as it took only 4 hours and 56 minutes, two hours less than expected, to reach Heathrow Airport from the Big Apple, according to Flightradar24.
Thanks to a strong, well-positioned jet stream, a @British_Airways 747 managed a new New York-London subsonic speed record today, making the journey in 4 hours 56 minutes—17 minutes faster than the previous record. https://t.co/HISXpN6Vns #BA112 pic.twitter.com/A2R42rsx14— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) February 9, 2020
According to reports, the record-setting British Airways flight was just one minute faster than a Virgin Airbus A350 flight that landed at Heathrow moments later. It should be noted that flights often seek out jet streams to enjoy favourable conditions and boost the travel time.