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Norwegian plane breaks record of time in subsonic transatlantic flight

The aircraft left New York and landed in London 53 minutes ahead of schedule.

On January 15, flight DY 7014 of low-cost carrier Norwegian broke a record on a subsonic transatlantic flight. The aircraft departed from the New York-JFK Airport, in the United States, at 11:44 local time and landed at the London-Gatwick Airport, United Kingdom, at 9:57 pm local time.

In this way, the Boeing 787-9 aircraft with 284 passengers on board completed the journey in 5 hours and 13 minutes, arriving at destination 53 minutes before the scheduled arrival time.

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Image of FlightRadar24 showing the route and time of Norwegian flight DY7014.

The Norwegian flight marked the record in the category of subsonic flights, that is, where the aircraft does not exceed the speed of sound. The record of supersonic flight (where the plane does exceed the speed of sound) will remain in the hands of the Concorde, a French-British aircraft that stopped operating in 2003, capable of connecting Paris and New York in less than three and a half hours.

The captain of the flight, Harol Van Dam, said: “We were really in the air for just over five hours, and if it had not been for the turbulence predicted at a lower altitude, we could have flown even faster.”

Harold Van Dam


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