(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Emirates has inaugurated its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its Dubai-Moscow route.
Offering 360 seats in each direction, an increase of 40 per cent, the upgraded capacity closely follows Emirates' recent deployment of a daily A380 to Moscow. In the last three months Emirates has increased overall capacity to Moscow by a staggering 46 per cent.
"Moscow is a key market for Emirates and we are always looking for ways to enhance our services on this route. This aircraft upgrade will open up more seats to our customers travelling to and from Russia, further aiding tourism and trade. The fact that Moscow has witnessed two significant capacity increases in a matter of months is testament to the customer demand for our services," said Richard Jewsbury, Emirates' senior vice-president Europe and Russian Federation.
The UAE and Russia have strong economic ties, with bilateral trade between the two countries growing by 40 per cent in the first half of 2012 to over 1 billion.
There are over 40 major Russian companies and more than 350 joint ventures in the UAEand this upgraded service is expected to further extend this.Article continues below
In addition to carrying more passengers, the operation of the new aircraft will also have a positive impact on Russia's import and export industry. The Boeing 777-300ER has a capacity of 23 tonnes.