a red and white airplane in the air

People often ask if I’d rather have a bed from New York to London – or from London to New York. My answer often surprises people: I’d rather have a bed from London to New York. The answer is simple, you’re not on the plane long enough to sleep properly from New York to London anyway. Norwegian just took that sentiment to new extremes, breaking the flight time record between the two cities.

a bridge over a river with a clock tower and a buildingNew Record

Five hours and thirteen minutes was all it took. Norwegian’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner flew from New York JFK Airport to London Gatwick in under five and a half hours. The Telegraph reports the aircraft reached a top speed of 776 miles per hour, breaking a previously held record by Britain’s Red and Blue airline, British Airways. This was largely thanks to a whopping 202 mile an hour tail wind. Not bad, not bad at all!

a red and white airplaneCould’ve Been

Though five hours and thirteen minutes seems incredible, and is actually faster than many New York to California flights, it could have been faster. Turbulence slows flights down as pilots must throttle back to account for the bumps, much like driving a car on bumpy roads. Flight times in the other direction would’ve been well over seven hours, during day time, which explains why I prefer a comfy perch to relax. On a five hour flight, you barely have three useable hours to sleep by the time the plane levels off and begins vectoring towards it’s London descent.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. That’s outrageous. I would love to leave NYC at 10 – 11 AM, and get to the UK at 11-12PM, sleep for the night and be ready to go in the AM again.

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