By Andy Sambidge
Superjumbo move will add 15% more capacity on route to the Russian capital from August 1
Emirates Airline said on Wednesday it will serve its Moscow route with a double daily A380 service from August 1.
This second A380, which will operate as flight EK133/134, replaces the existing Boeing 777 operation and increases seat capacity on the route by 15 percent, the Dubai airline said in a statement.
Thierry Antinori, Emirates‘ executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said: “Since launching services between Dubai and Moscow on 1st July 2003, we have received a very positive response from Russian customers and trade partners to the Emirates product.
"Our Moscow service continues to grow in popularity, especially since the introduction of the first A380 on this route in December 2012. This second aircraft upgrade will help us meet the ever increasing demand.
“Operating Moscow-Dubai now as a full A380 route reflects the strength of our commitment to this strategic market,” he added.
Igor Borisov, director, Moscow Domodedovo Airport, said: “This new milestone promotes Domodedovo airport to the ‘premiere league’ of the world’s airports, one of just a few offering Emirates’ service entirely using A380 aircraft. The airport is prepared - our ground infrastructure, equipment and staff are ready and set to provide the highest product and service."
Emirates is the largest operator of A380 aircraft in the world with 44 in its fleet and 96 on order, after its historic announcement to add 50 more at the Dubai Airshow in November.
Last year, Emirates received 13 A380 aircraft which have been deployed to its network of 24 A380 destinations.
Emirates’ current A380 destinations are Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Manchester, Mauritius, Melbourne, Moscow, Munich, New York JFK, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Toronto, and Brisbane.
That is really good news. One destination is missing on the list and is Zurich since the 01.Jan.14.