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Powerful jet stream pushes commercial planes to destinations faster


Some planes reach top speeds in excess of 750 miles per hour.

November 2, 2023, 4:47 p.m.

Some commercial flights have reached their destinations faster than usual over the past few days – all thanks to an extra boost in the jet stream.

Data from flight tracking site FlightRadar24 shows several flights traveling east to west are flying up to 200 miles per hour faster than usual.

American Airlines Flight 104 from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to London’s Heathrow International Airport (LHR), for example, reached a maximum speed of 777 MPH, according to the site, thus reducing the duration of his trip by almost an hour. Wednesday.

Emirates Flight 522 from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Dubai International Airport (DXB) landed almost an hour ahead of schedule. This flight also reached a maximum speed of 777 MPH during the trip, according to flight tracking data.

The second C919 aircraft of China Eastern Airlines, the large airliner developed by China, flies in the sky, August 2, 2023, in Shanghai, China.

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ABC News contributor and former commercial pilot John Nance described the jet stream as “a network of rivers of air at very high altitudes, flowing at very high speeds.”

The jet stream is not visible to pilots, Nance said, but meteorologists can estimate where it will be and the approximate speed at which it is moving.

“For example, if you decided to fly from Seattle to Chicago, you would take a look at the jet stream. And if you have a plane at a high enough altitude and you see it roaring at about 33,000 to 34,000 feet, then “If you want to put your plane right in the middle, take advantage of it,” Nance said.

Nance said passengers may experience “minor turbulence” associated with traveling in the jet stream, but that it “is nothing like what you find in a thunderstorm.”

Sam Sweeney of ABC News contributed to this report.


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