Storm Ciara helps BA flight break New York to London speed record

As hurricane force winds of 80-90mph batter the UK, the weather has helped a British Airways plane set a new record.

While many faced flight cancellations because of Storm Ciara, BA flight 112 took just four hours and 56 minutes to complete a flight from New York to London late on Saturday evening, reaching speeds of up to 800mph.

It means the flight is likely to have broken the fastest-ever subsonic New York to London crossing time, smashing the previous record set by Norwegian Airways which took five hours and 13 minutes in January 2018.

But the Concorde still holds the transatlantic record.

The average flight time for the journey is usually expected to last for 6-7 hours.

The jet was able to make use of wind speeds of 250mph in the jet stream, a narrow band of air currents that planes ride to increase their speed.

Plane tracking website Flight Radar 24 tweeted: ‘Fastest across the Atlantic tonight from New York to London so far is #BA112 at 4hr56m.