Emirates deploys iconic A380 to St. Petersburg

The iconic double-decker operated daily to the northern capital of Russia until Oct. 28 due to increased passenger demand.
Updated 29 October 2018
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Emirates deploys iconic A380 to St. Petersburg

Emirates marked aviation history last week as the A380 landed in Russia’s northern capital, St. Petersburg. Welcomed at 8:50 p.m. local time at Pulkovo International Airport (LED), this is the first time the iconic double-decker aircraft has landed in St. Petersburg.
A welcome ceremony was held at the airport in attendance of Vadim Besperstov, Emirates manager for Russian Federation and CIS; Julien Franiatte, Airbus head of country Russia; and Vladimir Yakushev, chief executive officer of Northern Capital Gateway; trade officials and media members.
Due to increased passenger demand, Emirates deployed its A380 and temporarily replaced the Boeing 777 aircraft that is currently operating the route. From Oct. 25 to 28, the airline carried close to 2,350 passengers to and from St. Petersburg.
Besperstov said: “It is a pleasure to share this historical moment in aviation with our partners from Pulkovo International Airport and Airbus. The arrival of our double-decker aircraft is not only a testament to the airport’s readiness to handle the A380 operations, but also reflects the healthy passenger demand on our Russian routes.”
Yakushev said: “Pulkovo International Airport and Emirates have been partners since 2011. We are proud to see one of the world’s leading airlines grow and expand its services in St. Petersburg, offering Emirates’ exclusive travel opportunities from the city. The temporary A380 flights on the Dubai to St. Petersburg route demonstrates the high potential for passenger demand from both sides.”
Franiatte said: “The A380 is the most favored passenger aircraft. It provides travelers with an unrivaled level of comfort, while also being the quietest aircraft in its class. Thanks to Emirates, our biggest A380 customer and operator, one more airport will be added to the A380 destinations network and in the following days, passengers traveling from St. Petersburg will have an opportunity to experience all the advantages of this wonderful aircraft.”
Emirates’ operations in Russia started in 2003 and since then, have grown to serve two significant gateways across the country. The airline has also recently announced a third daily flight to Moscow Domodedovo Airport, offering travelers 28 flights a week from Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Passengers traveling on Emirates can continue their journey and connect to more than 160 destinations, including popular holiday routes such as Mauritius, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, and others, via a seamless stopover in Dubai.


Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Updated 23 June 2019
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Robotic-assisted surgery at JHAH a first for Kingdom

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) has become the first hospital in Saudi Arabia to perform a robotic-assisted hysterectomy using fluorescent dye.

“The precision achieved through the use of robotic-assisted surgery has multiple benefits for patients,” said Dr. Turky Al-Rujaib, JHAH gynecologic oncologist, who along with Dr. Fahad Al-Mulhim, gynecologist, performed the procedure for endometrial cancer. “Women whose hysterectomies are robotic-assisted surgeries have less pain and blood loss, shorter hospital stays, require fewer narcotics and recover more quickly.”

JHAH’s robotic surgery program began in December 2016 when Dr. Tareq M. Al-Tartir, JHAH sub-specialist surgeon, and his team collaborated with Dr. Mohamad Allaf, professor of urology, oncology and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (JHSoM) and director of minimally invasive urology, and his team. They jointly conducted the first surgeries in the Kingdom using the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. The program has since expanded and includes gynecological surgeries and bariatric surgery.

“This successful operation could not have been done without the support of the JHAH robotic team,” said Dr. Al-Mulhim. “We are pleased to report the patient is recovering well. This is a tremendous achievement that going forward will improve the outcomes for many of our patients here at JHAH.”

The robot’s “hands” have a high degree of dexterity, allowing surgeons the ability to operate in very tight spaces, for example the pelvis, that would otherwise only be accessible through open surgery with long incisions. Life after surgery is improved with this technique as there is minimal scarring, fewer postoperative complications and often a faster return to normal activities. 

JHAH is the result of a joint venture between Saudi Aramco, a world leader in energy, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the world’s leading academic health systems. This health care organization is designed to drive and enhance the well-being of the community in an environment of growth and learning, by providing innovative, integrated and patient-centered care to Saudi Aramco’s employees and health care beneficiaries.