Emirates' St Petersburg launch marked in style

New destination celebrated in northern and southern hemispheres.
Emirates officials and special guests who boarded the inaugural flight to St. Petersburg.
Emirates officials and special guests who boarded the inaugural flight to St. Petersburg.


Celebrations for Emirates’ newest destination spanned two hemispheres with St Petersburg being the airline’s theme for the Emirates Melbourne Cup in Australia.

In Melbourne, all eyes were focused on Flemington Racecourse for the 151st running of the Emirates Melbourne Cup, known as the ‘race that stops a nation’.

At the same time, Emirates celebrated the start of its service to the 115th destination on its network by hosting guests in its trackside St Petersburg-themed hospitality marquee.

A few hours after Dunaden beat Red Cadeaux to win the Emirates Melbourne Cup, Emirates flight EK137 departed from Dubai International bound for St Petersburg.

On board the inaugural flight were Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president, passenger sales worldwide; Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ senior vice president, commercial operations, Europe & Russian Federation; and Pradeep Kumar, Emirates’ senior vice president, cargo revenue optimisation and systems.

Their special guests on the flight included; Mohammed A. Ahli, director general, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Captain lbrahim Hamad Abdulla, passport administration control, Dubai International; and Ghassan El Aridi CEO, Alpha Holidays, Tours & Travel.

“Celebrating the launch of our daily St Petersburg service in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres truly demonstrates the depth of our global network. The Emirates Melbourne Cup underlines our commitment not only to Australia, but to the global sport of horseracing, while our new St Petersburg service shows our commitment to Russia,” said Antinori.

With the St Petersburg service underway, Emirates now flies to 115 destinations in 67 countries worldwide and operates double daily flights to Moscow. The airline also offers 70 flights a week to Australia through four gateways; Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.

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