S7 Airlines Flight S745 Moscow – St. Petersburg
Aircraft: Airbus A319 Miles: 396 Duration: 1hr30mins
Our flight on S7 this morning was terrific. A bright-green liveried Airbus A319 took us the short 400-mile sector into Russia’s former winter capital city of St. Petersburg. The aircraft is divided into eight Business Class seats in a 2×2 configuration, and 114 Economy Class seats in a 3×3 configuration. The service on this short flight was impressive. Water and juice were offered before take-off, along with pillows and blankets. After take-off, we were offered drinks from the bar along with mixed nuts (all served in aviation-themed glassware that was very nice. A light meal followed with choices of chicken, fish or a spelt risotto, along with a chicken tureen and a slice of roast beef (meats were served chilled), and a cheese plate with grapes and nuts. That was cleared, and a chocolate dessert was offered, along with coffee ans wafer biscuits. It was very generous for a short flight, but was welcome. Service from the crew was top notch. What a terrific airline! The three business class passengers were permitted to alight first, and given our own transfer to the terminal. From landing to car was just over ten minutes. Marvellous!
After a short transfer in a splendid high spec car, we’re now thrilled to be in the fabulous W Hotel St. Petersburg, right in the heart of this amazing city. We have the longest stop on our journey – 24 hours due to flight connections on our final day. And what a terrific place to have a stopover! This property has 137 contemporary style rooms with bold decor right next to historic St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and a short hop to the Winter Palace (and the Hermitage Museum). Its central location is quite an asset to any traveller.
Despite being somewhat tired, we’re off for a wander to explore this “Venice of the North”. One must seize every opportunity, right? Besides, it is nice and sunny, so time to make hay!
Tomorrow is our final day of this challenge. We’re exhausted, but loving all of this challenge.
More in due course. Happy Friday!