Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 4086 posts, RR: 50 Posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2624 times:
I know this is a hard to answer question and I don't expect a definite answer, just a general idea about what my odds are. I'm planning to fly from Beijing to Europe in September 2014 (still a long time to go) and I'm considering going through Tehran on Iran Air to catch a flight on the 747SP. What are the odds that they'll still be doing that route in late 2014? I'd be fine with an equipment change for a 741 or 742, but would hate to find myself on an A340 or something. Do they swap equipment a lot on that route? Would it be a safer bet to book KUL-THR instead?
Thanks for your help!
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n729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2462 times:
I think it's fair to say in truth you won't know until the day comes. My dad when he was alive used to work for Iran Air at LHR, and we could have got free travel as far as Tokyo (late 80s/early 90s), but my Mum didn't fancy the stop over in THR so we never did it unfortunately - there was also a matter of a war with Iraq too for most of that time so I can't blame her.
The Iran Air website is still showing the SP until 26th March (as far as the schedule goes at the moment). Kuala Lumpur is also showing the same too.
In reality your flight could very easily be replaced with a 741 or 742 too, or anything else they get between now and Sept 14.
Tricky one to call. Unless you can go out via Beijing and return via Kuala Lumpur and get a MH/CA (or someone else) ticket in between BJS and KUL.
In the "old" days the SP used to operate LHR-PAR-THR or LHR-ROM-THR ....what I'd give to be able to do that now. Sadly no more.
I wish you luck, it would be an experience I think what ever you find yourself on.
9MMPQ From Netherlands, joined Nov 2011, 367 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2354 times:
I can't answer for Beijing but working with our system for arrival & departure times at Kuala Lumpur for some time now i can say the SP seems to be a steady visitor. I still tend to notice them as i've had my first up close encounter with a still in revenue service SP in KUL
Of course with the embargo being what it is any kind of technical problem could still throw a serious spanner in the works. But hey, that's all part of what makes it exciting, right ?
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