A Norwegian plane went from New York to London in 5 hours and 13 minutes — the fastest subsonic commercial transatlantic flight ever

Norwegian just broke a record for fastest subsonic commercial transatlantic flight.

Its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner got from New York JFK to London Gatwick in five hours, 13 minutes - writes nordic.businessinsider.com.

The record came just a day after another pilot completed the same flight in five hours, 20 minutes.

Norwegian - the low-cost airline that has made headlines for launching the world's longest low-cost flight - is making waves again.

A Norwegian Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner departing from New York JFK reached London Gatwick in five hours and 13 minutes on Monday - the fastest subsonic transatlantic flight recorded on a commercial aircraft, beating the previous record of five hours, 16 minutes.

There were 284 passengers on board, who, after leaving New York at 11.44 a.m. EST, were probably pretty happy to arrive in London at 9.57 p.m. GMT - 53 minutes ahead of schedule. Strong tailwinds over the Atlantic Ocean pushed the aircraft to a top speed of 776 mph during the flight.

Although impressive, the flight time is nowhere near rivalling transatlantic crossings made by Concorde when the supersonic aircraft was in service. The fastest Concorde flight from New York to London came on 7 February 1996, when it crossed the pond in just shy of 2 hours and 53 minutes, according to British Airways.

The Norwegian captain, Harold van Dam (shown below), said: "We were actually in the air for just over five hours and if it had not been for forecasted turbulence at lower altitude, we could have flown even faster."

Harold van Dam

Captain Harold van Dam in command of the record-breaking transatlantic flight from New York to London.

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He added: "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."

The airline uses that same aircraft on its two daily flights between London and New York. Just the day before, Gatwick-based captain Pascal Niewold also recorded his fastest ever transatlantic flight - New York to London in five hours and 20 minutes.

Niewold said: "The passengers and crew were very pleasantly surprised that we were already landing in London. It was a very smooth flight with almost no turbulence and as a result of the jet stream we arrived 25 minutes early."

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