Catering to noticeable demand, Emirates Airline is upgrading the aircraft servicing the St Petersburg, Russia route from an Airbus 330-200 to a Boeing 777-300ER, boosting capacity by 50 per cent.
Six weekly EK175/176 flights, from Dubai to St Petersburg, will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER as of October 25, 2015, and the up-gauge will be applied to a seventh flight per week on December 1, 2015.
The newly deployed aircraft will also introduce the Emirates First Class Suite, a first for the route, as well as 42 lie-flat business class seats and 310 spacious economy class seats.
Enthusing in the news was senior vice president commercial operations – Europe and Russian Federation, Emirates Airline, Thierry Aucoc: “Since 2011, when Emirates Airline launched flights to and from St Petersburg, we have carried over 500,000 passengers on the route. Counting these figures, alongside our double-daily flights to Moscow, takes the total to over 3.6 million passengers travelling to and from Russia in the 12 years of operation, making it an important market not only for Emirates Airline, but for Dubai as a destination.
“Operating these flights to and from St Petersburg on a 777-300ER brings consistency to the Russian customer. Whether travelling from St Petersburg or Moscow, they will be confident that the level of experience they receive is in line with what is expected from Emirates Airline,” he added.
From Dubai, Russian passengers can seamlessly connect to the airline’s vast network of destinations in Asia and beyond. From Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Africa, St Petersburg is just a short stop in Dubai away, offering a convenient option for business and leisure passengers to connect with Russia.