A jet has beaten a 30 year record for the fastest around-the-world flight over both poles.

The Tag Aviation Bombardier Global Express, which left London at 10.05am on Friday (11.05pm NZT) made a 30 minute pit stop in Christchurch – its only Australasian stopover – to refuel early on Sunday when it landed at 12.36am (NZT).

The jet touched down again in London on Monday morning.

New Zealand organiser Tony McFarlin of Capital Jet Services said the whole journey took about 52 and a half hours beating the previous record by about an hour and a half.

A Boeing 747SP did the flight in 54 hours.