|.... shortly before 0600 after the BHX Ops team had performed final checks the "extended" 3,003 metre |
runway and new Taxiway Sierra was declared operational with all the safety barriers being removed
|The first movement of a new era was the arrival of Emirates Boeing 777-31HER A6-EGT from Dubai....|
|Two further aircraft departed from Echo 1 so it fell upon Privilege Style Boeing 757-256 EC-ISY operating|
Monarch flight ZB 958 to be the first aircraft to acknowledge "taxy via Sierra to holding point Sierra 1...."
|.... and at 0632 on Tuesday 27 May 2014 Privilege Style Boeing 757-256 EC-ISY operating for Monarch to |
depart "full length" off Birmingham Airport's extended 3,003 metre Runway 33 - a new era has started!
|You know what its like once one has done it they all want to do it with flybe (top photo), Thomson and Monarch |
all following it down Taxiway Sierra as did most of the rest of the movements during the morning peak period
|Some different views of the new "extended" runway and taxiway layout - a Lufthansa Embraer 195|
holds at Sierra 1 with the early morning Ryanair flight from Dublin on short final to Runway 33
|The "bigger picture" of the completed runway extension site as the United Boeing 757 departs|
to Newark off Runway 33 with the new ATC Tower in the background....
|.... panning around the view down the extended runway as an Air France Airbus A319 lines up on Runway 33 |
via Taxiway Echo/Echo 1 - both the new ATC Tower and Monarch Hangar can be seen in the background
|A view down new Taxiway Sierra with a flybe Dash 8 "#purpleplane" approaching holding point Sierra 1|
while a Monarch Airbus A321 can be seen in the background on Taxiway Echo....
|.... a Thomson Boeing 757 lines up on the extended Runway 33 via holding point Sierra 1|
|A view back along extended Runway 33 as a Monarch Airbus A321 touches down with in the background |
a Brussels Airlines Dash approaching holding point Sierra 1 and Bickenhill Church in the distance
|The view from a wet Bickenhill - as an aircraft touches down on Runway 33 a flybe Embraer 175 waits |
at holding point Sierra 1 while a flybe Dash 8 and Ryanair Boeing 737 hold at Echo 1
|Earlier in the day Emirates Boeing 777-31HER A6-EGT operating their lunchtime flight EK 040 to Dubai |
was the first wide bodied aircraft to depart on Birmingham Airport's "extended" 3,003 metre runway - to
see a full sequence of images illustrating the "extended" runway and taxiway layout in operation click here
|Tuesday 27 May 2014|