Low-Cost Carrier Norwegian Claims to Have Set New Fastest Record for Transatlantic Flight

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This week, Norwegian, a low-cost carrier, said that it was able to set a new record time for the fastest transatlantic flight on the New York-London route by its subsonic passenger aircraft with a Dreamliner.

The quick trip was made by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from New York to London Gatwick last Monday, the 15th of January. It reportedly took a total of five hours and 13 minutes.

The said flight was carrying 284 passengers. It left New York JFK at 11.44am and was able to arrive in London at 9.57pm, arriving 53 minutes early.

It was helped by strong tailwinds over the Atlantic Ocean that reached a peak of 176 knots (202 mph), with the aircraft achieving a top speed of 776mph during the said flight.

Norwegian’s Captain Harold van Dam stated: “The 787 Dreamliner is a pleasure to fly and it’s a great feeling to know that we have set a new record in this aircraft. We were actually in the air for just over five hours, and if it had not been for forecasted turbulence at lower altitude, we could have flown even faster.”

In 2018, Norwegian aims to take delivery of 11 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner planes, 10 of which will have its new expanded Premium cabin which has 21 more seats compared to the current one.

Norwegian has been making a concerted low-cost, long-haul push, as it launched its first flights to the United States from the United Kingdom in 2014. It now flies to 11 destinations in the United States, and it has branched out to Singapore and Buenos Aires.

In 2017, transatlantic flights were also kicked off from Belfast, Edinburgh, Cork, Dublin, and Shannon to the east coast of the United States.

Earlier in January, Norwegian said that it flew 5.8m passengers from the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2017, marking an increase of 1.3m, or over a quarter as compared to the total for the year before.