By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline will be first to launch superjumbo to Russian capital from December 1
Emirates Airline said on Wednesday it will launch the first ever scheduled A380 service to Moscow from December 1.
The airline’s 517-seat version of the A380 will replace the Boeing 777-300ER on EK flight 131/132, one of its two daily flights to the Russian capital, the Dubai-based airline said in a statement.
“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 vice president, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation.
“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,” added Obaidalla.
Emirates launched St Petersburg as its second gateway into Russia in November of last year.
Igor Borisov, director-general, Domodedovo Airport, said: “Domodedovo is the first and the only Russian airport that meets the requirements of A380 operators.
“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.”
The UAE is a major destination for Russian tourists and investors and thousands have made it their home.
In early 2013, Emirates’ A380 passengers are set to experience the world’s first dedicated A380 concourse in Dubai, reflecting further investment in the airline’s global hub.