Storm Ciara recently battered the British Isles with strong winds in early February 2020, resulting in flight cancellations and delays. Some flights had also had to endure hard landings due to the extremely windy conditions. However, before the storm arrived, some flights managed to benefit from the winds – in particular, British Airways flight BA 112.
This flight zoomed across the Atlantic from New York to London in just four hours and 56 minutes, hitting a top ground speed of 825 miles per hour and setting a subsonic flight record for the route. To put this into perspective, this is almost 20% faster than the usual flight time of six hours and 13 minutes.
Although the aircraft was not flying any quicker than usual, the strong winds added to the speed of the plane, thus making its ground speed so incredibly high. A British Airways spokesperson reassured the public by stating that safety was always prioritized over speed and that the pilots made the most of the conditions to bring passengers back to London in record time.
However, things were not so good for flights going the opposite way, as the strong winds worked against them, resulting in nearly two-hour flight delays compared to the usual crossing time. While British Airways flight BA 112 was rapid, it pales in comparison with the Concorde, which carried passengers across the Atlantic in just two hours, 52 minutes and reached speeds of 1,350 mph.