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A record-setting jet stream has US flights landing earlier and earlier

American Airlines planes at Logan Airport.
American Airlines planes at Logan Airport.(Bill Sikes/Associated Press)

Flights across the country are breaking plane speed records due to a fast-flowing jet stream, and that means commercial jets are landing earlier and earlier at airports on the East Coast.

How early? Here are some of the quickest flights arriving on the East Coast from the past few days, when a plane from Los Angeles to London topped out at 801 miles per hour, technically meaning it was traveling faster than the speed of sound.

Chicago-O’Hare to Boston

Average flight time for commercial airline: About 2 hours and 15 minutes

American Airlines flight 2384 on Tuesday morning: Arrived 22 minutes early

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Denver to Boston

Average flight time for commercial airline: About 3 hours and 50 minutes

United Airlines flight 386 on Tuesday evening: Arrived 34 minutes early

Los Angeles to Boston

Average flight time for commercial airline: About 5 hours and 40 minutes

JetBlue flight 288 on Tuesday morning: Arrived 54 minutes early

Seattle-Tacoma to New York-John F. Kennedy

Average flight time for commercial airline: About 5 hours and 20 minutes

Delta Air Lines flight 2968 on Monday night: Arrived 26 minutes early

San Francisco to New York-John F. Kennedy

Average flight time for commercial airline: About 5 hours and 45 minutes

Delta Air Lines flight 1415 on Tuesday morning: Arrived 47 minutes early

Of course, planes flying against the jet stream aren’t breaking any records. According to The Washington Post, flights headed west out of New England and the New York area will likely incur 20 or 30 extra minutes of travel time, either slowed by the jet stream or forced to divert around it.


Isaac Feldberg of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Peter Bailey-Wells can be reached at peter.bailey-wells@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @pbaileywells.