A Norwegian plane flew from New York to London in 5 hours 13 minutes — the fastest subsonic commercial transatlantic flight ever

Norwegian just broke a record for fastest subsonic commercial transatlantic flight. Its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flew from New York JFK to London Gatwick in 5 hours 13 minutes. The record came one day after another pilot completed the same flight in 5 hours 20 minutes.

Norwegian — the low-cost airline that has made headlines for launching the world’s longest low-cost flight — is making headlines again.

A Norwegian Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner departing from New York JFK reached London Gatwick in 5 hours 13 minutes on Monday — the fastest subsonic transatlantic flight recorded on a commercial aircraft. It beat the previous record of 5 hours 16 minutes.

There were 284 passengers on board, who, after leaving New York at 11.44 a.m. ET were probably pretty happy to arrive in London at 9.57 p.m. GMT — 53 minutes ahead of schedule. Strong tailwinds over the Atlantic Ocean pushed the aircraft to a top speed of 776 mph during the flight.

Though impressive, the flight time was nowhere near rivalling transatlantic crossings made by Concorde when the supersonic aircraft was in service. The fastest Concorde flight from New York to London happened on February 7, 1996, when it crossed the pond in just shy of 2 hours 53 minutes, according to British Airways.

The Norwegian captain, Harold van Dam said:

“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.”

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