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: