Norwegian Dreamliner breaks record for fastest transatlantic crossing by non-supersonic passenger jet

A Norwegian Airlines passenger jet has set a new record by flying from New York to London in just over five hours.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed the 3,458-mile crossing from New York’s JFK to Gatwick airport in five hours and 13 minutes – shaving 53 minutes off its schedule.

Norwegian Dreamliner

The Norwegian Dreamliner broke the record for fastest crossing from New York to London


It was also confirmed that the flight was the fastest by a non-supersonic passenger jet, breaking the previous record by three minutes.

Captain Harold van Dam said: “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.

“We were actually in the air for just over five hours and, if it had not been for forecast turbulence at lower altitude, we could have flown even faster.”

The previous record crossing was held by a British Airways jet, which completed the transatlantic trip in five hours, 16 minutes in January, 2015.

Conditions for the Norwegian flight saw a ferocious tailwind propel the plane across the Atlantic in the record-breaking time.

Heading the other way wasn’t so impressive, though, with an American Airlines service battling headwinds taking seven hours and 47 minutes from Heathrow airport to JFK.

The fastest ever transatlantic blast for a passenger jet was completed in two hours, 52 minutes, 59 seconds, by a Concorde travelling at supersonic speeds in 1996.

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