BA and Virgin Atlantic set record West-East Atlantic crossings

British Airways 747 and a Virgin Atlantic A350 recorded speeds of some 800mph crossing the Atlantic – the fastest sub-sonic speeds from JFK ever recorded.

The cause has been an unprecedented jet stream powered from a storm that started in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and crossed Florida and the Atlantic, drawn north by a severe arctic bomb cyclone.

Tail winds of over 250mph were predicted all week.

While flights are arriving from JFK/Newark in record time, under five hours, outbound East to West are taking 150 minutes longer.