A faster than normal jet stream formed as a result of Storm Ciara gave numerous aircraft flying transatlantic routes a favorable tailwind, dramatically reducing their flight times, CNN reported.
Some aircraft even surpassed the speed of sound with speeds over 800 mph, though their actual airspeed wasn’t enough to break the sound barrier.
On the New York-to-London route, where flight times average over six hours, the high winds saw a small handful of aircraft traverse the near 3,500-nautical-mile route in under five hours. The record-breaking flight times saw not one but three aircraft surpass Norwegian Air in the top spot.
Among the top performers of the night were UK-based carriers and competitors British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. The UK duo routinely serves the New York-London route, one of the most popular and profitable in the world, with aircraft ranging from aging jumbo jets to the newest planes in the sky.
Take a look at the aircraft that were able to fly the New York to London route at speeds that haven’t been seen since the Concorde.