Stormy skies are notorious for delaying flights and causing tummy-churning turbulence.

However, a British Airways flight from New York to London was lucky enough to experience the opposite.

Flight BA112 beat the world record for the fastest-ever transatlantic flight on Saturday, February 10, helped by strong tail winds from Storm Ciara.

It took just four hours and 56 minutes, landing around two hours earlier than expected at Heathrow. The average time for this journey is normally six hours and 30 minutes.

The aircraft’s speed was accelerated by winds being funnelled in the supercharged jet stream.

The jet stream is a core of strong wind, between eight and eleven kilometres wide, that blows from North America to Europe across the North Atlantic. Normally, following the jet stream eastbound helps to reduce flying time but was much faster with Storm Ciara.

The speedy conditions in Saturday’s jet stream turbo-charged the BA flight, giving it the world record, beating a Virgin Atlantic flight by one minute.