MOSKVA A330-200 INAUGURAL MOSCOW LOS ANGELES FIRST CLASS REVIEW
By Cham Sui
25 March 2021 MOSKVA have started flying their A330 “Peter the Great” between Moscow Sheremetyevo - A.S. Pushkin and Los Angeles. I was among the first passengers to fly on this inaugural flight.
There was a gate ceremony including the Mayor of Moscow, Patriach of Moscow and all Rus, the Minister for Transport, and the head of the Federal Air Transport Agency. The Minister for Transport and the head of the FATA gave very brief speeches about the great achievement of Moskva, and then the CEO of Moskva, Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov, gave a longer one.
AvGeeks from all over the world traveled to Russia (or Los Angeles) to be on the first flight. Moskva did not disappoint, as every first flight passenger received a gift at the gate before boarding.
As I boarded, I received a boarding certificate with the flight details. Along with that, I recieved a special amenity kit with the skyline of the Kremlin printed on it. This amenity kit was special to this flight and given to everyone on the inaugural flight.
The interior was very well presented. In first and business classes, the Tyrian purple of the seats meshed very well with the fir wood accents. In the economy and premium economy cabins, seats were a mix of seats with a muted sky blue colour and seats with a dark red colour. This really helps to break of the homogenity of these cabins.
Moskva runs a four class seating arrangement on their single A330-200 RA92001 “Peter the Great”. They have 6 First Class suites in a 1-1-1 configuration, 18 Business class lie flats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 24 Premium economy seats in 2-3-2, and 163 economy seats in 2-4-2.
My seat was 1A, a first class window suite in the front of the plane. The seat is very wide and very well padded. On my side there was ample storage in the form of cubbies and the side table could be lifted to reveal a quite large storage space underneath. The suite included a 40 inch 4k personal monitor, one of the best in it’s class and plenty of USB and universal power outlets. There was also an HDMI input port, though I did not use this function.
Food and Beverage
After I boarded, I was asked what I wanted to drink. I selected the Bellini, a cocktail with sparkling wine and peach puree. I was also offered warmed nuts in some fine china.
Moskva’s premium cabin meals are designed in partnership with Chef Vladimir Luhkin. About an hour into the flight, the meal service started. It was a lengthy affair, taking almost two hours. The was quite good, with a lot of food.
IFE and Wi-Fi
The IFE was very modern and responsive. There were a couple of Live TV channels and the latest hollywood and russian movies. WiFi was cheap and fast, only $10 for the entire flight.
The bedding was quite comfortable, and the pillows were outstanding. The cabin crew was very quick, too, allowing me to spend more time sleeping.
The breakfast was amazing. There was a high quantity of very high quality foods. I could have thought that I was eating on a land based restaurant.
I really enjoyed flying on Moskva. Their hard product was one of the best I have experienced.