Emirates to try again with all-A380 Moscow route

Dhaka,  Tue,  22 August 2017
Published : 14 Jul 2017, 21:32:39

Emirates to try again with all-A380 Moscow route

Emirates to try again with all-A380 Moscow route
LONDON, July 14 (FlightGlobal): Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is again attempting to switch its Moscow operation to an all-Airbus A380 route, after backtracking on a previous effort.

It operates two daily flights to Moscow Domodedovo from Dubai, using the A380 and Boeing 777-300ER.

But Emirates says it will deploy A380s on both rotations from 1 October.

It had previously disclosed plans to turn the Moscow link into an all-A380 operation in 2014 after putting the double-deck type into service on the route in 2012.

But instead it reverted to using 777-300ERs on both daily flights, before reintroducing a single A380 service last year.

"Replacing the [777] will significantly increase capacity on the route and meet growing demand from customers," says the operator, which began serving Moscow in 2003.

Its use of 517-seat A380s on both daily flights will provide more than 1,000

"The fuel efficient aircraft will be part of a new phase of our growth and will enable us to offer more regional and international destinations at the best price," he said in an Airbus statement.

In fact, one engineer told AIN that Indian carriers GoAir and IndiGo had expected higher fuel burn than they generated in actual practice. "This depends on the geographical area the plane is flying in," he said. "For instance flights in Europe get higher burn than flights in Asia."
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