Perth Now has reported a Virgin Australian Boeing 737-8FE is the first aircraft to depart from Brisbane airport´s new runway, the news source said.
The aircraft, destined for Cairns, departed about 11.15am after first passing under a water-arch guard-of-honour produced from the water cannons of two emergency service vehicles.
The runway took eight years to construct at a cost of more than AUD 1 billion and will double Brisbane Airport´s capacity for aircraft movements.
It´s predicted to take four decades until the airport even gets close to reaching its scheduling capacity, says Brisbane Airport Corporation´s Runway Project Director.
The runway is 3.3km long and has been strategically placed to allow the future addition of a domestic passenger terminal.
The new runway will be used by planes departing to, or arriving from, destinations to the north and west of Brisbane, both domestically and internationally, such as Cairns, Darwin and Townsville or Europe, Asia and the Middle-East.