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‘Faster than the speed of sound’: Virgin Atlantic sets new Dreamliner speed record after clocking 801mph on a flight from LA to London that took just 9 hours 13 minutes

A Virgin Atlantic plane appears to have set a brand new speed record for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner after it was clocked reaching a very impressive 801mph over the US.

The VS8 service from Los Angeles International to London’s Heathrow hit the top ground speed on Monday evening while flying at 35,000 feet over Pennsylvania, according to a flight tracking website.

It was pushed on its 5,449 mile journey by an extra strong jet stream that at times reached over 200mph over the eastern US states. 

A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner appears to have set a brand new speed record after reaching 801mph over the US on Monday night (file picture) 

A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner appears to have set a brand new speed record after reaching 801mph over the US on Monday night (file picture) 

However, the huge speed didn’t last for long. When the plane started flying over the Atlantic, it dropped to around 710mph, according to FlightAware.

But it did mean that the flight landed at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 at 8.22am on Tuesday – 48 minutes ahead of schedule. The gate-to-gate flight time was nine hours, 34 minutes, and wheels up to touchdown took just nine hours, 13 minutes. 

Boeing is unable to confirm if the speed reached by the Virgin Atlantic plane is a record for the twin engine jet as it does not track aircraft speeds.

The usual cruising speed for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner is 561mph.

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