Storm Ciara - Fastest Subsonic New York To London Flight, Qantas 787-9 Tail Strike, Go-Arounds, Diversions, & More

Fun times for whoever’s in Europe right now.

1. British Airways Breaks The Subsonic Flight Record From New York To London

British Airways flight 112 (747-400) from New York to London Heathrow broke record time by flying the route in 4 hours and 56 minutes beating Norwegian’s previous record of 5 hours and 13 minutes.

The aircraft reached a top speed of 717 knots (825 mph or 1327 km/h). This is possible thanks to the massive 200 mph tailwind Storm Ciara is producing across the Atlantic.

However, Virgin Atlantic flight 4 was ONE minute away from British Airways’ #112 record.

VS4 flew New York to London in 4 hours and 57 minutes. Additionally, VS46 flew the route in 4 hours and 59 minutes. (Both A350-1000s)

And, Virgin Atlantic even responded:

(Image by Airbus/Virgin Atlantic)

2. Qantas 787-9 from London to Perth is currently holding over the U.K. due to a reported tailstrike on takeoff.

This is QF#10 operated by VH-ZND, which is the Yam Dreaming livery.

The aircraft is currently holding over the U.K. at 6,700 feet. The flight departed at 1:00 p.m. local time.

Update: Landed safely and appears to be no visible damage.


3. Go-arounds and diversions everywhere

Enjoy this guy livestreaming London Heathrow. You can watch some pretty amazing go-arounds and hard landings:


QF10 just landed safely but hard. Appears to be no visible damage from the ground perspective.


I’m watching it too, almost 20 go arounds and it’s been really fun


It’s weird, I’ve seen more go arounds from Heavies than the smaller A320s


They need more runway to land on so if they overshoot it they’re more likely to go around.


True true true.

This is really some bad weather, I’m watching the livestream you linked above, and I’m surprised how many flights are making it in

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BA B777 touch and go.

Arrival from Abuja BA82

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It looks like it’s calmed down a bit since then.

KLM #1386 had an interesting time arriving in AMS. Appears to have done 3 go-arounds before landing.



Was watching that. One of the coolest things I have seen in a while. Aquaplaning is my guess


I saw that too. What a go around. If the spoilers had deployed would he of been committed to land. No chance or a go around after that?
Jerry’s channel is awesome.

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Yeah. Hopefully a RW pilot can shed some light on it. Totally unexpected!

Hehe, just cycled against the wind 😏. What storm are y’all talking about?

Yeah, I watched that stream too. Pretty skilled pilots landing there, they land those aircraft better than me without any winds…

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@Ishrion I saw this on Slack earlier:

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I believe that flight would have beaten them all at 4 hours and 46 minutes.

Was watching that one last night. Unfortunately it had two go-arounds at Gatwick before diverting to Copenhagen.

The rule is no go-around after initiating reverse trust as far as I know. Not 100% sure though.

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These winds are scary fast

Really strong winds in the Bay Area too, with lots of diversions, many go-arounds, and the use of the 1 runways at San Francisco!

Anyways, probably sucks for some airlines that had to cancel a lot of flights such as British Airways 😬

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Yeah, the highest I’m seeing is 202 over the pacific