Dubai’s Emirates landed its first Airbus A380 in St Petersburg on Thursday as part of a temporary service to meet demand.
The superjumbo will temporarily replace the Boeing 777 operating the route from October 25-28.
During the period, the carrier said it would transport 2,350 passengers, with each flight offering 429 economy seats, 76 business seats and 14 first class seats.
Vladimir Yakushev, CEO of Pulkovo International Airport operator Northern Capital Gateway LLC, said the service showed the airport was ready to handle A380s.
“Should the airline decide to further use it on St Petersburg route for the peak periods or other occasions, Pulkovo team will provide the aircraft handling and passenger services according to Emirates highest standards,” he said.
The temporary Emirates A380 flights will be operating the EK175 schedule, departing Dubai at 3:45pm and arriving in St Petersburg at 8:50pm
Return flight, EK176 leaves St Petersburg at 11:55pm and arrive in Dubai at 6:55am the following morning.
Emirates, which is by far the largest operator of the A380, firmed up an order for 20 aircraft and 16 options in February after months of talks.
However, there have been reports that the deal is now in a deadlock over issues with the fuel burns of the engines that the new aircraft would use.
Emirates operates more than half of the A380 order book and the February order brought its commitment to 178 worth more than $60bn.