Storm Ciara blows plane to trans-Atlantic speed record

A Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner plane has broken the trans-Atlantic speed record – thanks to storm Ciara.

The VS8 flight was flying from Los Angeles to London Heathrow when it was caught up in a powerful jet stream.

At one point the plane hit a top speed of 801 mph during its 3,500-mile journey.

The extra “oomph” allowed the 284 passengers to arrive 48 minutes ahead of schedule.

The average speed of a Dreamliner is about 560 mph.

Concorde still holds the record for the fastest trans-Atlantic flight.

Travelling at twice the speed of sound – 767 mph – it made the trip in 1996 in two hours and 52 minutes.











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