Storm Ciara, which has been battering Britain with hurricane force winds, has helped a British Airways jet set a new transatlantic flight record at the weekend.
BA flight 112 completed its journey from New York JFK to Heathrow in just under five hours on Sunday (9 February).
The Boeing 747 aircraft hit speeds of 825mph during the 3,500-mile crossing, arriving 80 minutes ahead of schedule at 4.43am.
At four hours 56 minutes, the journey beat Norwegian’s previous record of five hours 13 minutes according to online flight tracking service Flightradar24.
Virgin Atlantic was narrowly pipped to the new record with its flights VS4 and VS46 completing the same route on Sunday in four hours 57 minutes and four hours 59 minutes respectively.
“We always prioritise safety over speed records,” said BA in a statement. “Our highly trained pilots made the most of the conditions to get customers back to London well ahead of time.”
According to BBC Weather, the jet stream reached speeds of 260mph on Sunday morning, accelerated by the winds from Storm Ciara.