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Old January 15th, 2014, 06:48 PM   #1281
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Interesting, how many sq.m is dme terminal? I heard about 135000, but I can't believe it: terminal is smaller than SVO-D (172000) and has place for so many airlines?!
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Old January 21st, 2014, 08:50 PM   #1283
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 07:06 PM   #1284
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Emirates to upgrade Moscow to double daily A380 operation




Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Emirates, a global connector of people and places, will serve its Moscow route with a double daily A380 service from 1st August this year.

This second A380, which will operate as flight EK133/134, replaces the existing Boeing 777 operation and increases seat capacity on the route by 15%.

“Since launching services between Dubai and Moscow on 1st July 2003, we have received a very positive response from Russian customers and trade partners to the Emirates product. Our Moscow service continues to grow in popularity, especially since the introduction of the first A380 on this route in December 2012. 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,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates‘ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

“Operating Moscow-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 re-visit Dubai, where Russian visitors are always very welcome. 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,” he continued.

“This new milestone promotes Domodedovo airport to the ‘premiere league’ of the world’s airports, one of just a few offering Emirates’ service entirely using A380 aircraft. The airport is prepared - our ground infrastructure, equipment and staff are ready and set to provide the highest product and service," said Igor Borisov, Director, Moscow Domodedovo Airport.

Across its two decks, Emirates’ A380 will offer 399 seats in Economy Class, 76 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 14 luxury First Class Private Suites. Passengers travelling in First Class can freshen up in one of two on-board Shower Spas before joining fellow premium class travellers in the On-Board Lounge where they can enjoy complimentary beverages and canapés.

Passengers across all cabins can enjoy up to 1,600 channels of entertainment featuring the latest movies, TV shows and music from around the world alongside a range of games on the award-winning ice inflight entertainment system. They can also stay connected throughout the flight with high-speed Wi-Fi access and mobile phone and data services.

Passengers travelling on all Emirates flights benefit from a generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50 kg in First Class.

The upgraded A380 service leaves Dubai as EK133 at 0935hrs, arriving at Domodedovo Airport at 1445hrs. It returns as EK134 leaving Moscow at 1755hrs landing at Dubai International Airport at 2255hrs.

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Old January 23rd, 2014, 08:29 AM   #1285
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wow....
That is huge! Kudos to Moscow and Emirates! Show the germans who the boss is!
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 02:49 PM   #1286
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Oh, I love A380. It's the most comfortable aircraft ever...
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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:39 PM   #1287
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A little bit more:

Emirates Adds 2nd Daily A380 Service to Moscow from August 2014

Emirates from 01AUG14 is increasing capacity on Dubai – Moscow Domodedovo service, by introducing 2nd daily Airbus A380 operation. EK133/134 will be the new A380 service, replacing 777-300ER.

EK133 DXB0935 – 1445DME 388 D
EK131 DXB1750 – 2255DME 388 D


EK132 DME0100 – 0600DXB 388 D
EK134 DME1755 – 2255DXB 388 D


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Old February 2nd, 2014, 07:37 PM   #1289
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Oh, I love A380. It's the most comfortable aircraft ever...
I take it you haven't flown the B787
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Old February 3rd, 2014, 06:34 PM   #1292
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I take it you haven't flown the B787
No, I have. When B787 was in Moscow, Vnukovo during it's promo tour. There was a promo flight.
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Old March 20th, 2014, 11:59 AM   #1293
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Family affair
Written by Justin Burns

How can Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport compete against the giants on its doorstep – Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo? Justin Burns investigates.
It may come as surprise to many, but Moscow’s airport system isn’t just made up of the big boys Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo, and their “little brother” Vnukovo, is beginning to make an impression.



How so? Well, passenger traffic at Vnukovo International Airport grew at a faster rate than either of its rivals last year, arguably demonstrating that it is finally beginning to emerge from their shadows.

The upturn, a healthy 15.2% rise on 2012, meant that 11.18 million passengers passed through Vnukovo last year.

And 2013 was a landmark year for Vnukovo in more ways than one, as Moscow’s oldest airport and Russia’s fourth busiest commercial gateway used it to complete or put the finishing touches to a number of key projects in its seven-year, €2 billion transformation programme.

New additions under the programme include a newly lengthened 3,000m runway, apron and taxiways as well as the state-of-the-art $1.8 billion Terminal A, which has effectively raised the airport’s capacity to 30 million passengers per annum.

Boasting cutting edge technology and 52 gates, the new 270,000sqm terminal is one of the biggest in Europe.

Last year also saw the opening of Vnukovo-3, one of Europe’s largest facilities for the handling, operation, maintenance and repair of executive jets.

The complex has two VIP terminals, apron and hangars capable of handling up to 3,200 flights a month. Operators at the facility include RusJet Aircompany, FBO Vipport, Jet Aviation and Aeropit.

The pride in seeing the completion of the terminal and new runway was evident in a beaming Vitaly Vantsev, chairman of the board of directors at Vnukovo, when he spoke to Airport World in Moscow.

“Enhancing the passenger experience, raising our capacity and offering something we feel that travellers cannot get at Moscow’s other airports were the primary focus of our expansion programme,” reveals Vantsev.

“For us, it is all about the passenger experience and making sure that everyone is handled with care and respect. We want our passengers to enjoy themselves. This means that the facilities must be convenient and the services provided are fast and efficient. Creating the right ambience is also important.”

Next on the agenda
Although the current investment programme may be coming to an end, Vantsev is quick to point out that it is far from the end in terms of the ongoing efforts to upgrade the airport.

Indeed, more developments are planned and Vantsev believes that another €300 million needs to be spent on infrastructure enhancement projects at Vnukovo Airport over the next 10 years.

Next up is the opening of a new Hilton Hotel later this year and the construction of a new aircraft maintenance and repair facility to make the airport more attractive to airlines.

The new hotel will be linked to the terminal area via an underpass to shield guests from the extreme weather conditions Moscow can experience during the winter and summer periods.

According to Vantsev, improving speed and access for passengers into the heart of Moscow is also a key priority, so Vnukovo’s board of directors are working with the state on plans to build a metro line station within the next three years.

Quick and easy
Vantsev believes that the layout and design of its terminals makes getting around the airport very easy and convenient for passengers.

It also means the Vnukovo is able to offer some of the world’s shortest transfer times for passengers connecting between domestic and international flights – 20 minutes on some routes.

“When passengers enter Vnukovo, they do not need to think too hard about where they want to or need to go, as everything is very logical,” he notes. “All they need to understand really is which parts of the airport handle domestic and international flights.

“Everything is designed for the passenger and their comfort, like the rest rooms, bars, shops and other facilities such as a fountain in Terminal A where you can feel like you are in the tropics while having a coffee.”

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Situated 28 kilometres from the Kremlin, Vnukovo is the closest of Moscow’s three airports to the city centre and a direct train links it in 35 minutes.

The convenience of its location ensures that it is popular with Muscovites, even if it does currently lack the expansive global route networks of Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo.

So what type of airlines is Vnukovo aiming to attract? “We are focused on airlines which provide premium class services to passengers who want comfort and are willing to pay for it,” admits Vantsev.

The comment is slightly misleading, for although the airport is always looking to expand its offering to business passengers to capitalise on its close proximity to Moscow’s central business district, it is certainly not simply an airport used by business travellers.

Indeed, carriers serving Vnukovo today include low-cost carrier Germanwings, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

New arrivals attracted by the developments include Transaero, while UTAir and Star Alliance members Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines have increased flight frequencies.

Vantsev reveals that the airport is in negotiations with SWISS to launch flights later this year.

Aeronautical revenues currently account for 60% of the airport’s income, but Vantsev is keen to reduce this figure in the future to make the airport less dependent on the airlines.

The opening of a diverse range of new retail and F&B outlets in Terminal A will certainly boost Vnukovo’s income from shopping and dining, and more could follow in the future as Vantsev bids to maximise commercial opportunities across the airport site.



Ownership
Historically viewed as being the airport of the mayor of Moscow, Vnukovo is actually majority owned by the Russian government.

However, this could all change shortly following confirmation of the government’s intention to effectively privatise Vnukovo by selling its stake in the companies responsible for operating it by 2016.

The government currently owns 74.74% of Vnukovo Airport JSC, and 25% plus one share of the International Vnukovo Airport company.

The sale would allow for the formation of a new operating company in 2016 that will consolidate all the assets of Vnukovo Airport JSC, International Vnukovo Airport and the
companies responsible for providing aircraft fuelling and ground handling services.

Rising competition
The Moscow aviation market is evolving rapidly and grew by 14% in 2013, which, according to the Russian government, was above the world growth average of 4.6%.

Indeed, Moscow’s three airports handled more than 70 million passengers between them last year – Domodedovo leading the way with 30.76 million (+9.2%), followed by Sheremetyevo with 29.3 million (+11.7%) and Vnukovo with 11.18 million.

Vantsev predicts that the growth trajectory will continue and estimates that in 10 years time, Moscow will be handling 130-140mppa.

“I think there will be a great increase in passengers in Moscow and the infrastructure for this number of passengers is already there, so it is achievable and we can develop up to this,” Vantsev comments.

Upgrades have enabled Vnukovo to go head-to-head with Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo, and Vnukovo’s expansion has given it huge potential for growth compared to its competitors, according to Vantsev.

“We have about 25-30% of the whole market, which is our aim. However, it is worth noting that the terminal infrastructure at Domodedovo totals 160,000sqm, whereas at Vnukovo we have 270,000sqm. So, we have plenty of scope to handle more traffic.”

Fourth Moscow airport
Moscow’s aviation potential hasn’t gone unnoticed by others, of course, and there now lies the very real prospect of new airports opening up in direct competition to Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo in the future.

Indeed, plans were recently announced for a fourth airport aimed at low-cost carriers at Ramenskoye (see box story) and a possible development at Yermolino, 72 kilometres southwest of Moscow.

Vantsev was quite coy on their potential effect, but predicts it will take five or six years for one to be constructed at Yermolino, due to the regulations and laws existing on airport expansion.

“There is a lot of work to be done on laws and regulations – it is, for example, impossible at the moment to develop the low-cost and discounted market for airports in Moscow,” he explains.

Long-term growth
Vnukovo is forecasting it will handle an extra one million passengers this year and believes that it can sustain such a phenomenal annual growth rate for the foreseeable future.

Its calculations are based on the fact that Vnukovo has witnessed a 26% surge in passenger traffic since the December 2013 opening of its new runway, and rising interest from airlines in launching new services.

“Our goal is to handle 30 million passengers every year. This is the figure myself and my partners aimed at six years ago when we decided to develop the airport, and I don’t see a reason to change my mind now,” enthuses Vantsev.

But for the time being, Vantsev says it is all about putting the finishing touches to his and his partners’ vision of offering outstanding levels of customer service at Vnukovo.

To achieve this, he says, everyone needs to embrace the airport’s customer service philosophy and more staff need to provide “the personal touch” when dealing with passengers.

“Adding personal touch is key for any world-class airport,” says Vantsev. “Arguably, we have done the hard part in upgrading Vnukovo’s infrastructure, now it is all about improving the quality of our services and what we can offer our passengers.”

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Old March 20th, 2014, 10:13 PM   #1294
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Moscow Domodedovo Airport and easyJet: One Year of Successful Cooperation

On March 18, 2014, Moscow Domodedovo Airport and easyJet Airlines celebrate one year of partnership: during the period of their collaborative work, more than 250,000 passengers took the opportunity of travelling with the leading European carrier through the largest air hub of Russia and Eastern Europe.

Moscow Domodedovo Airport became the first airport of the country that launched low-cost flights to the UK: in March 2013, the air hub welcomed the easyJet Airlines aircraft operating the first regular flight from London (Gatwick) to Moscow (Domodedovo). At the present moment, the two capitals are linked together by two daily flights which gives passengers a change to choose the time and cost of flights.

Since the British airline came to Domodedovo, travelers also had a unique opportunity to make direct flights from Manchester to Moscow. This route has become the first direct air travel between these two cities in history and has no analogues in the Moscow Aviation Hub. Now flights Manchester-Moscow-Manchester are operated four times a week.

"Thanks to the cooperation with our reliable partner – Moscow Domodedovo Airport – this year we were able to make travelling between the capitals of Russia and the UK more comfortable. The launched destinations have become even more attractive to passengers: providing regular low-cost flights, easyJet contributes to development of business and cultural relations between two states. We are proud of our work together and hope for further fruitful development of our partnership," said Ali Gayward, easyJet commercial manager for Russia.

High quality of services and affordable flight rates confirm the choice of most passengers who when travelling to the UK capital prefer Moscow Domodedovo Airport: share of the air hub passenger traffic in this destination is almost 60% of all flights operated from the Moscow Aviation Hub.

Partnership between the two largest participants of passenger air travel market opens up more possibilities for travelers. The passengers of Moscow Domodedovo Airport can visit London, the second largest city in Europe, and to see the mysterious appeal of Manchester flying with ease and comfort. Attractive rates of easyJet in combination with the British pedantry make it possible to make the Foggy Albion closer to the Russian capital.

easyJet Airlines operate regular flights on over 600 routes between over 130 airports across 30 countries. It has the largest route network in Europe and leads in terms of regular services on 100 most popular European routes and in 50 largest European airports.

Moscow Domodedovo Airport is the largest air hub in Russia, and in 2013, its total passenger traffic amounted 30.76 million people. It falls into the category of the largest airports in Europe and is among the top three fastest growing airports in Europe according to the ACI Europe classification. Since 2009, it has been holding the title of the best airport in Eastern Europe as rated by Skytrax. Domodedovo is the base airport in Moscow for member airlines of the largest global airline alliances – Star Alliance and oneworld.


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Old March 30th, 2014, 12:53 PM   #1295
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New carrier in Sheremetyevo - Tarom has opened new flights

Sheremetyevo Airport welcomes new carrier. On March 30, the day of the spring - summer season start, Romanian airline Tarom (Romanian Air Transport) performs the first flight to Sheremetyevo onroute Moscow - Bucharest.

Until May 12, the flights will be operated three times a week, after May 12 - four times a week by Boeing 737-700. Departure of the flight at 17.35 MSK (RO242). Cabin layout - 14 seats in business class and 102 seats in Economy Class.

In honor of the arrival of a new carrier at Sheremetyevo, Tarom check-in desks in Terminal E will be festively decorated in the colors of the Romanian flag, passengers will receive a souvenir photo and souvenirs from the airline.

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QATAR Airways to Start Boeing 787-8 Service to Moscow from Sep 2014


QATAR Airways from 01SEP14 is increasing capacity on Doha – Moscow Domodedovo service, with the introduction of Boeing 787-8 aircraft. The Dreamliner is scheduled to operate on 1 of 2 daily service, replacing Airbus A320.

QR231 DOH0725 – 1315DME 788 D
QR229 DOH1245 – 1855DME 320 D

QR232 DME1445 – 1830DOH 788 D
QR230 DME1955 – 0005+1DOH 320 D


The aircraft change is in addition to planned service increase, from 12 to 14 weekly from the same date.

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We can tell who is the dominant carrier at the airport is.
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