Emirates will operate a double-daily A380 service between Dubai and Moscow from later this year.

The Gulf carrier currently flies a superjumbo and a B777-300ER to the Russian capital each day.

From August 1, it will replace the B777 with a second A380 — outbound flight EK133 departs Dubai at 0935 and lands at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport at 1445, while return service EK134 leaves Moscow at 1755 and arrives in Dubai at 2255.

Emirates A380

Both A380s are configured with 399 seats in economy, 76 lie-flat seats in business and 14 private suites in first (see Seatplans).

Emirates first started flying to Moscow in 2003 and deployed an A380 on the route in December 2012 (see news, July 2012).

Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said: “This second aircraft upgrade will help us meet the ever increasing demand, giving many more travellers the chance to experience our flagship A380 aircraft and all its comforts and features.

“Operating Moscow to Dubai now as a full A380 route reflects the strength of our commitment to this strategic market and opens up a wealth of choice for passengers travelling from Domodedovo to visit or revisit Dubai.

“Connecting through our efficient Dubai hub, more than a dozen Emirates destinations in the Far East, Australia and the Indian Ocean Islands including rich variety of cities like Bangkok, Singapore, Sydney and Mauritius can be reached enjoying the A380 experience all the way.”