Follow Us:
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Storm Ciara helps British Airways flight make fastest ever subsonic atlantic crossing

High winds also helped shorten the flying time from North America to Europe. British Airways flight 112 became the fastest ever subsonic passenger flight from New York to London, at 4 hours and 56 minutes, according to tracker FlightRadar24.

By: Bloomberg | Updated: February 10, 2020 9:33:11 am
storm ciara, british airways flight, new york-london, translantic record, world news, indian express LYME REGIS, ENGLAND, – FEBRUARY 09: Storm Ciara arrives with waves hitting the Cobb on February 09, 2020 in Lyme Regis, United Kingdom. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

Written by Mathew Carr

Wind filled the highest ever portion of Britain’s electricity needs as Storm Ciara moved across the country, disrupting power supplies, interrupting transport and forcing soccer matches to be postponed.

High winds also helped shorten the flying time from North America to Europe. British Airways flight 112 became the fastest ever subsonic passenger flight from New York to London, at 4 hours and 56 minutes, according to tracker FlightRadar24.

“We always prioritize safety over speed records, but our highly trained pilots made the most of the conditions to get customers back to London well ahead of time,” BA’s head of global media relations Liza Ravenscroft said. The flight is normally scheduled for 6 hours and 55 minutes.

Wind power made up a record 56% of demand early Saturday morning, when the need for power was low, according to data from utility Drax Group Ltd. The clean generation type made up 44% of power for the whole of the day, beating the Dec. 9 record, it said.

Carbon-free electricity outstripped power from fossil fuels for a full year in Great Britain last year, according to National Grid Plc. The milestone was hit as the nation plans to shut down all coal plants by the middle of this decade and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Storm Ciara has brought gusts of as much as 80 miles per hour along with rain and hail to the U.K. on Sunday. Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said “it’ll remain unsettled and very windy across the U.K. and it’ll turn colder with wintry showers and ice an additional hazard, as we head into the new week.”

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest World News, download Indian Express App.

0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement