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FOR­GET the Con­corde - a Bri­tish Air­ways Boe­ing 747 has smashed the speed record for a sub­sonic transat­la­natic flight, trav­el­ling from New York to Lon­don in un­der five hours over the week­end.

Ex­cep­tion­ally strong tail­winds due to Storm Ciara saw the jumbo jet achieve a top speed of more than 1,300km/h, land­ing at Lon­don Heathrow Air­port al­most two hours ear­lier than sched­uled, at 4.43am.

Con­tin­u­ing the long­stand­ing ri­valry be­tween BA and Vir­gin At­lantic, the Bri­tish Air­ways plane touched down just one minute ear­lier than a VS A350 flight which left New York at the same time, with the planes’ high speeds driven by a 320km/h high al­ti­tude jet­stream.

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