This Pilot Flew The Fastest Flight From New York To London Since The Concorde

TravelandLeisurePublished: January 19, 2018244 views
Published: January 19, 2018

January 15 was a day to break records and we have just the one. A flight that usually takes five hours and 45 minutes non stop from New York to London was flown in just five hours and 13 minutes!

A Norwegian flight had the honors to be named the fastest flight since the Concorde. Captain Harold van Dam flew his Boeing 787 Dreamliner, reaching speeds of 776 miles per hours on the 3,458-mile flight. Surprisingly, the captain also admits that the plane could have gone even faster, if they didn’t encounter turbulence.

“'The 787 Dreamliner is a pleasure to fly and it’s a great feeling to know that we have set a new record in this aircraft,” van Dam said in an interview with the Daily Mail. With the allotted time being six hours and 30 minutes to get from New York to London, passengers had more than an hour to spare when they reached their destination.

Flights from the US to Europe are usually shorter during the winter, since the jet winds are more intense. This happens when the temperatures on the northern hemisphere are significantly different from those around the equator, causing strong winds to push across the Atlantic. In turn, this makes flights from Europe making them slower.

The previous record for fastest subsonic flight from New York City to London was set by British Airways in January 2015, when it managed to complete the journey in five hours and 16 minutes.

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