Emirates plans first A380 service to Moscow
Dubai, July 4, 2012
Emirates said it will launch the first ever scheduled A380 service to Moscow starting from December 1 replacing the Boeing 777-300ER on one of its two daily flights to the Russian capital.
“Since launching flights to Moscow in 2003, the demand for our services in and out of Russia has continually gathered pace and we are now in a position to deploy the world’s largest passenger jet aircraft to the world’s largest country,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ senior VP, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation.
The A380 is spread over two decks with the Moscow route version offering 427 seats in Economy Class, 76 mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites – delivering the ultimate in commercial airline travel.
“We know travellers from Russia have been able to enjoy the Emirates’ A380 when travelling from Dubai to destinations such as Bangkok, Sydney and Johannesburg. Now we are bringing our flagship aircraft to the Russian market so more travellers can experience this magnificent aircraft,” he noted.
Starting from December 1, the new A380-supported EK 131 flight will take off from Dubai at 5.50pm and land in Domodedovo Airport at 11.15pm. On return, EK 132, will leave Moscow at 1.05am and arrive in Dubai at 6.20am.
“Domodedovo is the first and the only Russian airport that meets the requirements of A380 operators,” said Igor Borisov, Director-general, Domodedovo Airport.
“We are fully prepared to handle A380 flights on the regular basis having purchased the unique equipment designed to serve only this type of aircraft. We are honoured to introduce the exclusive product on the Russian market together with our partner,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service