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Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (#3)  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3837 posts, RR: 51
Posted (7 months 17 hours ago) and read 8248 times:

The old thread has well over 100 replies so I thought we could use a new, updated one. Here are the links to the previous threads of this year:
Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2013/14 (by HAM Sep 30 2013 in Aviation Polls)
Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continued) (by aloges Feb 1 2014 in Aviation Polls)

So it looks like there are a bunch of "very last chance" situations right now. If you're a serious aviation enthusiast with the intention to log as many as possible classic and rare aircraft, you have to act now as we're about to lose several of the great classics.

Boeing 747 SP
Iran Air now has only ONE frame active. At the same time, newer second hand long haul aircraft are appearing in Iran so it's only a matter of months maybe. The new schedule came out recently and it looks like the only destination served by the SP is IKA-KUL-IKA with the Kuala Lumpur - Tehran segment being an attractive daylight flight. One way fares are around $500 in economy and $600 in Business class. No online travel agencies offer Iran Air bookings any more, the easiest way right now seems to be a call to the Frankfurt city office where one can easily pay by credit card and get an e-ticket emailed.

Various Soviet types in North Korea
Juche Travel is doing their last round of aviation enthusiast tours of North Korea. According to the agency, Koryo can not guarantee the classic aircraft in 2015, at the same time newer Russian built aircraft are arriving in the country. They also say that after 3 years of running the tours, most people who were interested have done it by now, so the market is gone. So the two remaining tours of 2014, with some last available vacancies, are the last chances to fly on some of these types, ever.
The tours include flights on the IL-18, TU-134, IL-76, IL-62, AN-24, TU-154 and TU-204-200 as well as -300.

IL-96
As Aeroflot is getting rid of their last frames as we speak, the safest bet to fly on an IL-96 is Madrid or Paris to Havana on Cubana. Good fares available, and can be combined with:

AN-24
After some frames are parked for mechanical reasons, two were lost when commandeered to Key West, and a slow but steady streams of ATRs trickling into Cuba, the last chance to fly Cubana's AN-24 is on their daily HAV-GER flight, a 40 minute hop with an attractive $41 one way fare.

MD-11
KLM has almost finished retiring their MD-11. This is the last chance to fly one as a passenger. AMS-YUL seems to be the best bet right now. KLM may or may not do an enthusiast's event when the last MD-11 is retired.

ATP
Only a few left in passenger service, but fortunately the clock is not ticking yet. NextJet of Sweden operates them to their northern destinations and in January 2014 I was told there are no plans to retire them anytime soon. The best bets are the ARN - Arvidsjaur or Vilhelmina / Hemavan rotations.

Please add to the list!
Soren   


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User currently offlineA333MSPtoAMS From United States of America, joined Sep 2013, 179 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8082 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
MD-11
KLM has almost finished retiring their MD-11. This is the last chance to fly one as a passenger. AMS-YUL seems to be the best bet right now. KLM may or may not do an enthusiast's event when the last MD-11 is retired.

I just today bought my tickets from MSP to BER and purposely paid an extra $400 just to fly via YUL and AMS so that I would have the chance to fly (hopefully) the MD-11, twice! Super excited.



Plane Types Flown: A306, A319, A320, A321, A332, A333, A343, ATR42, ATR72, B732, B733, B734, B735, B737, B738, B739, B74
User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5953 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 8057 times:

Metroliner

After Brindabella Airlines in Australia went into receivership last December, the number of Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners in passenger service has further dwindled. By my count we are down to 6 operators in scheduled passenger service. I actually thoughy it was five, but I've just discovered Denver Air Connection (which I've never heard of before) who are apparently a Public Charter flying between Grand Junction, CO, and Centennial Airport in Denver (which I've also never heard of).

Australia: Sharp Airlines www.sharpairlines.com.au
Bolivia: Aerocon www.aerocon.bo
Canada: Bearskin Airlines www.bearskinairlines.com
Canada: Perimiter Aviation www.perimeter.ca
Norway: Air Norway www.airnorway.no
USA: Denver Air Connection www.dianoway.com



Worked Hard, Flew Right
User currently offlineopticalilyushin From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2013, 82 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8029 times:

I can recommend Air Norway. The crew onboard are really friendly, and I spent most of the time in the air chatting to them

User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 554 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 8023 times:

Just spotted that Conviasa seems to have returned one of the super rare ATR-42-400 (YV1009) to service. It shows up in their schedules and is listed as active on several fleet lists.

On a different note, can the CRJ-440 still be counted as an 440? Or are all converted back to CRJ-200 standard? Endeavor Air is currently operating these airframes.

Thanks,
Loran

[Edited 2014-06-03 04:37:12]


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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7997 times:

You really are scraping the barrel nowadays, Axel!

A few random ones I would like to mention are as follows:

DC-9
The most sought after variant of those still flying these days must be the DC-9-10. FlySAX (B5) of Kenya are still operating 1966-built 5Y-XXA on a mix of its own flights to Mogadishu, Juba, etc. as well as some domestic flying for Fly540 (5H). The B5 flights are occasionally swapped for a CRJ, and the Fly540 booking engine does not show the types any more, therefore to avoid a CRJ/ATR-72/DHC-8-100 the best bet is usually to arrive in Kenya and ask at the Fly540 ticket desk which flights the DC-9 will be operating in the next 24-48 hours.

Another Kenyan passenger operator of the DC-9 is African Express (XU) with a 1968-built DC-9-30, although this one is actually harder to get on. A small group of us are planning to fly XU on their DXB-BBO-MGQ route (MD-83), then transfer to the DC-9 for MGQ-WJR-NBO. As per the current timetable on their website, these are the types we should hopefully get. A few years ago I would not have considered changing in Mogadishu, but nowadays it seems to be comparitively more peaceful.

B737-200
Air Zimbabwe are apparently still operating one of their 732s.

Another interesting one is Eritrean Airlines, who appear to have a B732 on lease from Al Naser AIrlines of Iraq, in place of their usual A320.

Aside from that, there are of course First Air, Air Inuit and Canadian North, but the fares on the first two in particular can be extortionate and make them off-limits for many.

An-24
Aside from Air Koyro, the An-24 can also be flown easily in Kazakhstan with SCAT. I recently took two flights in one day, one of which had a flight time of 3 hours 45 minutes. Very affordable too.

SCAT also have active YAK-42s, but unfortunately they are not listed in the timetable and apparently operate as backup aircraft and on charters.


User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7396 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (6 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7923 times:

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 5):
Air Zimbabwe are apparently still operating one of their 732s.

VFA-HRE, BUQ-JNB, VFA-JNB seem to all have 732 action


User currently offlineeirik From Norway, joined Mar 2005, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7844 times:

The Fly 540/ FlySax DC-9 seems to be back on the route to Mogadishu tomorrow after a problem with one of it's engines last week (my 540 flight from NBO via Mombasa to Zanzibar last Wednesday should have been flown by the -9 I learned after arriving at ZNZ).
AND it's seems like the F-28 is back in the air and is doing the afternoon NBO-MBA-NBO rotation on Friday.
It's also possible to fly on a Dash-7 and a Let-410 while in Kenya/Tanzania.


User currently onlineeielef From Argentina, joined Oct 2007, 135 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7818 times:

At least 2 years ago, they were MANY dc9 flying on the domestic market from Venezuela, and even a few international routes. Someone I know was in a DC9 on the SDQ-AUA-CCS route (although he flew up to AUA only). There are even some B727 flying in Angola. Not sure of if they are safe, but is always better than MGQ!

Cheers,
Eielef @TUC

PS: It's very sad seeing AEP now with only ERJ190, B73NG and A320s. Just 5 years ago we had B732, B735, MD81/2/3/8, and some A320. Those were nice and noisy days!

Same in SVO. I used to spot in an hour at least 5 takeoffs from soviet/russian built planes. Now, you won't see more than 20 a day, all on the beautiful Sukkhoi.



Last 4 flights: 23/8 TUC-AEP 4M4151 A320, 24/8 EZE-FRA LH511 B744, 25/8 FRA-DME LH1450 A32A, 06/9 VKO-VOZ UR197 AT72
User currently offlineopticalilyushin From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2013, 82 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (6 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7761 times:

Wow what a combination for Kenya! Would anyone be up for going there as a group to try and log these types?

User currently offlineSkyeurope From Germany, joined May 2006, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7731 times:

New possibility to fly a DC-9-30 in Kenya!

Nairobi - Kisumu/Mombasa twice daily, prices starting from 64USD oneway (if booked online).

SkyAero operated by Pan African Airways

www.fly-paa.com


User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7396 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7699 times:

Right. I am off to kenya. I need those in my logbook.

User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3837 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7627 times:

Interesting!
How the places shift where aviation enthusiasts make their pilgrimages to.
What used to be Ecuador in the early 2000s, and Bangladesh in the early 2010s, is now Kenya.
One day you travel there for your blast from the past, the next day it's all A320s.

Soren   



All the things you probably hate about travelling are warm reminders that I'm home
User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26029 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7617 times:

Very few Hawker-Siddeley 748s left in passenger service. Air North, based in Whitehorse-YXY in Canada's Yukon Territory, is still carrying passengers on the HS748.

User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7580 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 13):
Very few Hawker-Siddeley 748s left in passenger service. Air North, based in Whitehorse-YXY in Canada's Yukon Territory, is still carrying passengers on the HS748.

Not for much longer, heard the ATR is on the horizon.

The first one is down in YVR for the summer doing the fishing charters and spends a lot of time on the ground. I would be happy to arrange an enthusiasts charter if there were enough people to make it work? Someone tried a couple of years ago by organizing a flight to YXX for the airshow, but it didnt happen as there were not enough takers. But now it is truly on the endangered list maybe things have changed?



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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7396 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (6 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7566 times:

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 14):
Someone tried a couple of years ago by organizing a flight to YXX for the airshow, but it didnt happen as there were not enough takers

The price has to be right. Same as the charter for the DC8 was a few years ago. It was a lot of money for a single flight.


User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2186 posts, RR: 27
Reply 16, posted (6 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7409 times:

I'm heading to Georgia in September for a few days. Does anybody know of any interesting types still earning a living around there? I think I already know the answer but worth a try nonetheless!

Thanks!



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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4360 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7382 times:

Georgian Airways might have one or two new SSJ Superjets by september.
Other remotely interesting passenger airlines there are Air Caucasus with two MD83s and Vista Georgia with three 737-300/500s.



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User currently offlineaxelesgg From Sweden, joined Jan 2010, 191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7331 times:

Soon flying on a Fokker 50, getting pretty rare that one as well.
I'm flying Direktflyg HS operated by Amapola: GOT-SDL-GOT


User currently offlineA333MSPtoAMS From United States of America, joined Sep 2013, 179 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (6 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7311 times:

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Reply 16):

I'm heading to Georgia in September for a few days. Does anybody know of any interesting types still earning a living around there? I think I already know the answer but worth a try nonetheless!

Thanks!

The Republic of Georgia in the Caucus region or the State of Georgia in the USA?



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User currently offlineHywel From Malaysia, joined Apr 2008, 814 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7267 times:

Quoting A333MSPtoAMS (Reply 19):
The Republic of Georgia in the Caucus region or the State of Georgia in the USA?

I presume he means Georgia in the USA. Some interesting types you can catch there include all of Delta's fleet, including the A320 series, MD88, B757-200 and B737-800. If you need any help booking those, just ask me because I know a good booking website (www.delta.com)


User currently offlineKingAir200 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1630 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (6 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7154 times:

Quoting Loran (Reply 4):
On a different note, can the CRJ-440 still be counted as an 440? Or are all converted back to CRJ-200 standard? Endeavor Air is currently operating these airframes.

All of the CRJ-440s have been converted to the standard 50 seat CRJ-200 configuration



Hey Swifty
User currently offlinePenguins From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7138 times:

Here is a questioned that I have often asked myself. Is it worth supporting a regime that massacres and starves its own people, just like Nazi Germany, to get on a Russian airliner? Will your $2,000 go towards aid for the people or concentration camps and nuclear weapons? Are the possible deaths you fund worth it to fly on a Russian airliner for 2 hours and to be able to brag that you flew on an Il-18? Do you really want to be careful watched by the CIA, NSA, or FBI for going to North Korea or Iran?

User currently offlineopticalilyushin From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2013, 82 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (6 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7110 times:

Penguins, yes, I agree completely..

Oh, by the way, in America, how's the nuclear arsenal, spying on other countries, operating rendition flights, Guantanamo bay, the NRA/gun culture, and the 'shoot first, ask questions later' approach in international politics going these days?  

Joking aside, I take a light hearted view on this. Let's face it, we live in a Big Brother world, where everyone spies on everyone else. Some countries are different to others- that's life. I do hope things get better for all the people who live in the DPRK for example, but I have no regrets in deciding to go there.

Also, despite what is listed above, yes I do have American friends!  


User currently offlineFrmrKSEngr From United States of America, joined Apr 2014, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 7094 times:

Quoting opticalilyushin (Reply 23):
Oh, by the way, in America, how's the nuclear arsenal, spying on other countries, operating rendition flights, Guantanamo bay, the NRA/gun culture, and the 'shoot first, ask questions later' approach in international politics going these days?

We do all of that in the interest of world pease. And if you don't like it we can roll in with a B-52 strike to change your mind.  


User currently offlineTUGMASTER From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jul 2004, 731 posts, RR: 9
Reply 25, posted (6 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7128 times:

No More Iranian SP's....?

As per

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/regdb.main?LC=nav4&page=4

As far as I was aware, IR only had 1 active 74L, EP-IAA.

bur according to Skyliner, the last rotation was to BOM last week.

Can anyone confirm...?


User currently offlineFallap From Denmark, joined Jan 2009, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (6 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7139 times:

Quoting Hywel (Reply 20):
I presume he means Georgia in the USA. Some interesting types you can catch there include all of Delta's fleet, including the A320 series, MD88, B757-200 and B737-800. If you need any help booking those, just ask me because I know a good booking website (www.delta.com)

How on Earth can the A320 and the 737NG be interesting in a thread covering classic and rare aircraft? The A320 is a interesting as a piece of cardboard soaked in water :P

What about the status of the A340-200 and -500? Perhaps not classic, but defiantly rare!  


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 904 posts, RR: 1
Reply 27, posted (6 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7223 times:

Quoting Fallap (Reply 26):

I somehow think he was being sarcastic...  



Flights flown: 289 - Airlines: 41 - Airports: 66 - Next flights: RKV-AEY-RKV, KEF-EWR-MCO, SRQ-LGA, JFK-KEF
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2302 posts, RR: 7
Reply 28, posted (6 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7191 times:

Quoting Fallap (Reply 26):
defiantly

I didn't know planes could be defiant!


User currently offlineFallap From Denmark, joined Jan 2009, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (6 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7191 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 27):
I somehow think he was being sarcastic...

Well you never know! Plus he did mention the MD88 so my confusion was justified! :P

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 28):

Quoting Fallap (Reply 26):
defiantly

I didn't know planes could be defiant!

My fail engrish, dats unpossible


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 904 posts, RR: 1
Reply 30, posted (6 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7171 times:

Quoting Fallap (Reply 29):
Well you never know! Plus he did mention the MD88 so my confusion was justified!

That's true! :P

Although DL has the 88s in truckloads (117 active last time I checked)

regards!
Sveinn  



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User currently offlineHywel From Malaysia, joined Apr 2008, 814 posts, RR: 3
Reply 31, posted (6 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7118 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 27):
I somehow think he was being sarcastic...  

Correct!


User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7396 posts, RR: 16
Reply 32, posted (6 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7113 times:

Quoting Fallap (Reply 26):
What about the status of the A340-200 and -500?

SA have and AR too (retiring and scrapping shortly), but in single digits now for the 342. It's the next after the MD11 for the "gone before their time" award.


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2302 posts, RR: 7
Reply 33, posted (6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7080 times:

Quoting Fallap (Reply 29):
My fail engrish, dats unpossible

LOL!  


User currently offlineHAM From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 287 posts, RR: 1
Reply 34, posted (6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6943 times:

Quoting TUGMASTER (Reply 25):

No More Iranian SP's....?

As per

http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/regdb.main?LC=nav4&page=4

As far as I was aware, IR only had 1 active 74L, EP-IAA.

bur according to Skyliner, the last rotation was to BOM last week.

Can anyone confirm...?

EP-IAA has been retired. Its spare parts (especially engines) will be used to get EP-IAC back in the air. Now IR maintenance will install the engines (some/all) on EP-IAC. In the meantime, EP-IAG (742) and A300s are doing the long-haul flights (BOM/PEK/KUL).

I hope EP-IAC will be fixed soon as I'm booked on KUL-IKA in a couple of weeks. A 742 is also nice, but not as spectacular as a 747SP...


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3837 posts, RR: 51
Reply 35, posted (6 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6673 times:

So, any updates about the 747SP? I'm booked KUL-IKA in mid September. How are my odds?

Soren   



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User currently offlineHAM From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 287 posts, RR: 1
Reply 36, posted (6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6634 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 35):
So, any updates about the 747SP?

Yes, and it's a good one: EP-IAC has already performed a test flight after receiving EP-IAA's engines! Seems like it will be back in regular service very soon.


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3837 posts, RR: 51
Reply 37, posted (6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6623 times:

Quoting HAM (Reply 36):

Yes, and it's a good one: EP-IAC has already performed a test flight after receiving EP-IAA's engines! Seems like it will be back in regular service very soon.

Thanks a lot for the info! That sounds great. I guess my chances for the SP in September are even better now than before. If they have just re-done IAC, I suppose they won't retire her in the next half year, unless a major technical problem comes up.

Soren   



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User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 554 posts, RR: 4
Reply 38, posted (6 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6530 times:

I am sure everyone in here is aware of the AZAL's announcement to send a 722 into scheduled services in Europe. Here is the link anyways:

New Pax 727 Route In Europe: Baku To Geneva (by cedarjet Jun 22 2014 in Civil Aviation)

Regards,
Loran



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8772 posts, RR: 42
Reply 39, posted (6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6520 times:

It doesn't exactly fit this thread, but anyway:

Aurigny have just taken delivery of their E-195. Does anybody know if there's a chance it could end up flying GCI-JER (or vice-versa) every now and then? That would be a pretty interesting route for an E-jet.



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User currently offlineHAM From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 287 posts, RR: 1
Reply 40, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6335 times:

From Tehran To Kualalumpur
Flight Origin Destionation Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft Type Delay(min) Status
IR 0814 Tehran-Imam khomeini Kualalumpur 2014-07-01 21:55 2014-07-02 09:22 74L 0 Departured

Source: Iran Air website, flight status search.

EP-IAC is back in the air! Performed flight IR 814 IKA-KUL tonight.


User currently offlineOlafW From Germany, joined Jul 2009, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6101 times:

As for the most classic and rare one out there: I read some time ago that Saha Air have stopped operating the 707 or flying altogether. However, I couldn't find any precise information. Does anyone of you know what the status is and when or if the 707 will be in the air again?

User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8772 posts, RR: 42
Reply 42, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6088 times:

Saha is down and out, no news since this:
Saha Air Suspended Operations (?) (by Ty134A Apr 19 2013 in Civil Aviation)
I was at THR almost exactly two years ago and made an attempt to catch a 707 to MHD, no luck. Technical problems and replaced with huge delay by a Meraj A300.

In other, hopefully better news: Croatia's European Coastal Airlines eyes August 1 launch - I so want a go on a Goose!



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineeirik From Norway, joined Mar 2005, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 43, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6082 times:

Quoting OlafW (Reply 41):
Does anyone of you know what the status is and when or if the 707 will be in the air again?

Saha stopped flying in April last year, this time for good, unfortunately.


User currently onlineLPDAL From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 1217 posts, RR: 6
Reply 44, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6055 times:
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How can I fly a Dornier 328 DOJet or BAE146 in America? While common in Europe, I can't seem to find an airline that uses BAEs across the pond in America.

-LPDAL



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8772 posts, RR: 42
Reply 45, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6045 times:

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 44):
Dornier 328 DOJet

sorry, no idea

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 44):
BAE146

Only in South America AFAIK. Star Perú and Aerovías DAP (in Chile) might be able to give you your fix, but to be honest it'd probably be easier and cheaper to go to ZRH, CDG/LHR or Sweden (see below).

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 44):
While common in Europe

Sadly, they're nowhere near common these days... only Swiss, CityJet and Malmö Aviation come to mind.



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineKPWMSpotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 458 posts, RR: 2
Reply 46, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6032 times:

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 44):
How can I fly a Dornier 328 DOJet or BAE146 in America?

The largest operator of the DoJET in the world is actually in the US. Ultimate Air Shuttle operates regular flights between Cincinnati Lunken Field (and CVG on some routes) and MDW, MMU, and CLT. They also operate a large charter fleet.

The scheduled flights aren't cheap ($250 and up one-way), but for a DoJET it's cheaper than flying to Billund.

[Edited 2014-07-07 15:27:51]


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User currently offlineOlafW From Germany, joined Jul 2009, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 47, posted (5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5872 times:

No exactly US, but quite close:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calm_Air


User currently onlineLPDAL From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 1217 posts, RR: 6
Reply 48, posted (5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5879 times:
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I just remembered Air Transat is flying A310s to FLL. While the A310 may be more "uncommon" than "rare" it's still one of the harder types to catch to do. Just checked their website and they have a regular A310 on FLL-YUL-FLL which I'm going to make my best effort to fly on (in their J "Club Class")

BahamasAir operates the 737-500 FLL-NAS-FLL although their staff are very very unfriendly and hate when people take pictures of their planes.

Tortug Air, A Haitian airline flies the BAE Jetsream 31 FLL-CAP-FLL.

Boliviana de Aviación flies 737-300s/500s out of MIA.

Insel Air flies MD's and Fokkers out of MIA.

SkyBahamas operates S340s FLL-NAS-FLL

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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7396 posts, RR: 16
Reply 49, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5871 times:

I just booked a sector JNB-VFA on UM 737-200. On the same route you can fly a T7- (SAN MARINO) registered 737-500 or a Comair 737-400. There's a bunch of J41s down that way. I booked on an SW E135 too.

User currently offlineHAM From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 287 posts, RR: 1
Reply 50, posted (5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5815 times:

Quoting HAM (Reply 40):
From Tehran To Kualalumpur
Flight Origin Destionation Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft Type Delay(min) Status
IR 0814 Tehran-Imam khomeini Kualalumpur 2014-07-01 21:55 2014-07-02 09:22 74L 0 Departured

Source: Iran Air website, flight status search.

EP-IAC is back in the air! Performed flight IR 814 IKA-KUL tonight.

*********


Update: My trip last weekend worked out as planned. It was great and I can recommend it to anyone.

I did KUL-IKA and have some transfer advice: At KUL, you can check-in at the gate about 2 hours prior to departure, so no need to leave the airside area. A C-Class ticket allows access to the Plaza Premium Lounge. The dragons let us in even with just a print-out, so we could already enjoy the lounge long before our departure. There are good shower facilities, great food (e.g. freshly-made seafood soup, good coffee from a real machine etc.) and you even get a stamp on your ticket/BP that states "unlimited flow of beer and spirits" in the lounge which is quite ironic given that IR is a dry airline.

The flight itself was superb from the beginning until the end. We sat in the first row in the nose area, the food was delicious and the service very professional and friendly. Just as described by many previous full trip reports by other a.net members (which is also why I was too lazy to write another TR on this flight).

Upon landing at IKA, we did not enter the country even though we had 9.5 hours of transit time (18:00 until 03:30) because my friend's passport was valid for less than 6 months. So we stayed in transit. The main issue was that we had to wait for 6.5 hours on a bench right before passport control. An officer took our passports and asked us to stay there. Unfortunately he didn't tell us how long it would take - but after 1 or 2 hours we figured out that we'd have to wait until check-in for our onward flight on TK would begin, i.e. at 0:30. At least there was a TV to watch the football game, and one guy brought us some food and the visa officer invited us over for some tea. There's also a water fountain, so nothing to worry about, even though it's a boring area and the wait can be long.

Hope this helps anyone who'll go on such a trip to catch the SP, which is a truly great experience.


User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 554 posts, RR: 4
Reply 51, posted (5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5806 times:

Quoting HAM (Reply 50):

Where did you book your ticket? I can only find extraordinary high fares on wideroe.no for the date I want to fly.

Thanks,
Loran



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User currently offlineHAM From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 287 posts, RR: 1
Reply 52, posted (5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5800 times:

Quoting Loran (Reply 51):
Where did you book your ticket? I can only find extraordinary high fares on wideroe.no for the date I want to fly.

Hi Loran

I wrote an e-mail to sales@iranair.de stating the date I wanted to fly. An agent responded soon, said that tickets are available and quoted the prices: 383€ in Y, 497€ in C for a one-way KUL-IKA.

I'd say those 110€ difference for C are extremely good value for money, with the lounge access in IKA, the comfortable seat and the great food and service on board.

I then gave the agent my credit card details and I received my electronic ticket soon after.

Sending credit card details via e-mail might not be everyone's favorite thing to do, but I didn't expect Iran Air to steal anything from me, and everything was indeed fine.


User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8772 posts, RR: 42
Reply 53, posted (5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5793 times:

Quoting Loran (Reply 51):
Where did you book your ticket?

In case you happen to find yourself in Frankfurt, there's an Iran Air ticket office right by the train station. Can't miss it, they've got a huge and fantastic model of a 747 in the window.  



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User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 554 posts, RR: 4
Reply 54, posted (5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5699 times:

Thanks for your recommendations, in the meantime my travel agent in Malaysia confirmed the same fares, I can also book it through them which I already did 2009.

One more question, from the last row of C class, can you still manage this type of view?


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This view is from the forward galley, not sure if you can still get this view from the C class a bit ahead.

On my last flight on EP-IAA, I was sitting on the left side in Y near the prayer room in seat 11A with a great view of the engines, although it was the return flight IKA-KUL and hence during the night.

Thanks again.
Loran



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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4725 posts, RR: 50
Reply 55, posted (5 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5679 times:

That is a great idea! I'm planning to go to Iran in October (flying from DXB) and I'll be back to ask for a bit of help. However a C-class detour through KUL doesn't sound like a bad idea.


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User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 554 posts, RR: 4
Reply 56, posted (5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5446 times:

Hi all, is there a way to book Iran Aseman Airlines outside Iran?
They have a flight to IST which connects well to the 74L arriving from KUL, however so far I failed to find any options of booking a ticket with them.


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It is l/n 002! Would be great to fly on it.

Thanks,
Loran



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User currently offlinemxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 57, posted (5 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5217 times:

which is the scheduled arrival at IKA for the SP from KUL? i wish to search if there is a good connection to fly back to europe so dont need the visa
Alberto


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3837 posts, RR: 51
Reply 58, posted (5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5173 times:

Quoting mxp (Reply 57):
which is the scheduled arrival at IKA for the SP from KUL? i wish to search if there is a good connection to fly back to europe so dont need the visa
IR 815 KUL 12:05 - IKA 16:45 (local time)

Several departures to Europe leave in the hours after midnight and arrive in Europe in the morning hours. That might work out.
Don't you get a visa on arrival as an Italian? Germans get it without problems. This would give you a nice afternoon and evening in the city, then later in the evening you could travel back to the airport and then fly out after midnight.

Soren   

[Edited 2014-07-20 12:43:32]


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User currently offlineSkyeurope From Germany, joined May 2006, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 59, posted (5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5163 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 58):
Don't you get a visa on arrival as an Italian? Germans get it without problems. This would give you a nice afternoon and evening in the city, then later in the evening you could travel back to the airport and then fly out after midnight.

But does a visa on arrival actually work out well? As far as I know you need to apply for some kind of "pre visa confirmation" letter, on a website which didn't work for ages.

Without that letter there seems to be no possibility to get such a visa at IKA.


User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 554 posts, RR: 4
Reply 60, posted (5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5168 times:

Quoting mxp (Reply 57):
which is the scheduled arrival at IKA for the SP from KUL?

Hi Alberto, depends on the weekday, mine arrives 18:20 LT (on a Saturday).

FLIGHT IR 815 - IRAN AIR SAT 16 AUGUST 2014
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DEPARTURE: KUALA LUMPUR, MY (KUALA LUMPUR INTL), TERMINAL M 16 AUG 13:30
ARRIVAL: TEHRAN, IR (IMAM KHOMEINI INTL) 16 AUG 18:20

Regards,
Loran



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User currently offlinemxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 61, posted (5 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5133 times:

actually on our foreign minister site says that visa could be given but without be sure they give it to you so a connection flight would be better.
now i will see to study the possibly.connections flights.
i have written also to iranair in germany and lets see if tomorrow they answer.
alberto


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3837 posts, RR: 51
Reply 62, posted (5 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5140 times:

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 59):
But does a visa on arrival actually work out well? As far as I know you need to apply for some kind of "pre visa confirmation" letter, on a website which didn't work for ages.

That's what I found out too. Since I only have one afternoon / evening in Tehran in September (arriving at 16:45 and flying out on Lufthansa at 03:15) I figured out I'll just try my luck and see if they give me a visa on arrival or not. Worst case I'll wait at the airport.
Regarding my flight KUL-IKA without a visa, I should be fine as I have a confirmed onward ticket, so I could stay in transit.

Soren   



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User currently offlineopticalilyushin From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2013, 82 posts, RR: 5
Reply 63, posted (5 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4898 times:

Where is it possible to fly a Dash 7 these days? They seem to be pretty much all gone in Greenland, and Air Berjaya is a little out of the way, and their website doesn't seem that great.

User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2597 posts, RR: 29
Reply 64, posted (5 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4807 times:

Try Airkenya. They operate a multi-stop flight from WIL around the Masai Mara. You can buy a ticket all the way around if they have spare seats on each sector. Myself and Loran did this a few years ago.

User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8772 posts, RR: 42
Reply 65, posted (5 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4686 times:

Quoting HAM (Reply 40):
EP-IAC is back in the air! Performed flight IR 814 IKA-KUL tonight.

Just for the benefit of those who hope to fly on it: I saw it at IKA last Friday, 25 July, as it pushed back just after TK 870 had parked at the gate.



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8772 posts, RR: 42
Reply 66, posted (5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4594 times:

IIRC, someone (Sören, perhaps?) has been on Berjaya's Dash 7 from SZB to TOD. I'm currently hoping for several stars to align, which would allow me to fly that route - the catch: it'd have to be a day return, arrive at TOD at 14:30 and leave at 14:50 on the same aircraft. Is that even possible?


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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3837 posts, RR: 51
Reply 67, posted (5 months 2 days ago) and read 4561 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 66):
I'm currently hoping for several stars to align, which would allow me to fly that route

That's great! I hope you can make it happen!

Quoting aloges (Reply 66):
it'd have to be a day return, arrive at TOD at 14:30 and leave at 14:50 on the same aircraft. Is that even possible?

Yes it is, at least from my experience and several others I've read. I've done the same thing (20 minute ground time), although in my case it was the layover when the flight continued onwards to Singapore. I assume this is no longer the case, and the aircraft returns to SZB? In any case, this would only make it easier since you're no longer changing from domestic to international. Berjaya are very accommodating in this situation, just let the ticket counter at SZB know before you check in at Kuala Lumpur. They will not only check you in and print your boarding pass for the second segment, something you can't usually do that early, but they'll also phone Tioman and let them know you're coming.
During your first segment, make sure to introduce yourself to the pilots as an aviation enthusiast. They will let you ride in the cockpit on the second segment.

PlymSpotter has done the same, Dan can you confirm?

Good luck!
Soren   



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8772 posts, RR: 42
Reply 68, posted (5 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4490 times:

Thanks hugely for that information! Unfortunately, the business trip that would have taken me to KL has fallen through, but that doesn't mean it won't ever happen.


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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8772 posts, RR: 42
Reply 69, posted (4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4327 times:

I might get another trip to DEN confirmed, fingers crossed, and I'm wondering if anyone has experience with the UAex (SkyWest) EMB-120 service to PUB. Would it be feasible to take the morning flight, spend a few hours at the Weisbrod Aircraft Museum and then fly back to DEN in the afternoon? Theoretically, it should be easy, but I don't know if it could mean asking for a delay and/or cancellation.

Additionally, is there a cheap(ish) way to score a Great Lakes Beech 1900Ds out of DEN, preferably on a same-day return?



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User currently offlineSkyeurope From Germany, joined May 2006, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 70, posted (4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4193 times:

Any updates on Bolivia?

Which aircraft types does TAM use on their scheduled flights at the moment?


User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 554 posts, RR: 4
Reply 71, posted (4 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3762 times:

Just coming back from a 2 week trip and can update on a few items:


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Flew 4 sectors on this beauty on a daytrip to Victoria Falls (HRE-BUQ-VFA-BUQ-HRE). Super friendly staff and I could fly one leg in the cockpit. Also, Z-WPB had the by far loudest JT8 engines I have every experienced on a 732, not sure if they were non-hushkitted or what the reason was. An increadibly loud blast. Btw, Z-WPA is currently in a C-check and will come out very soon, so no immediate danger of A320s or ERJs like last year.


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Flew 2 sectors on this 762 in the classic livery. It flies every day in the morning HRE-JNB and return in the evening. Same as on the 732, very friendly staff, photos were no problem. The overall Air Zimbabwe experience is just great, they still have hand written signs, locals wear their suits to travel, plus the classic UM livery, it brings you back into the 70ies (albeit 80ies-built aircraft).


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For every one who is also interested in sub-versions. QF flies the 747-400(ER) every day between BNE and SYD as a tech stop of the inbound DFW service. But I just saw this flight will change to A380s soon, however since the QF non-ER 747s are retiring soon there will at some stage only be the 6x ER versions left.


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One of the most difficult aircraft to catch. First of all the only 75M built, and on top RA still operates in the 90ies when it comes to online presence. I have a reliable travel agent in KUL who did all the bookings through the local RA office. Their tail-number-based schedule turned out to be pure theory, the aircraft are rotating freely in the schedule. I was just lucky to have flown 9N-ACB on my first leg KUL-KTM, and 9N-ACA on the return. Originally I had booked KUL-KTM-HKG, but RA cancelled the HKG flight two weeks ago 'due to maintenance' so I ended up flying KUL-KTM-KUL. On-board was great, got upgraded twice to business and the RA crew treated me nicely (I was the only non-Nepalese on both flights). Can't say the same for the locals, they got rather treated like cattle. Everyone who is interested in this one, there is no reliable info when their A320s will arrive. So I would hurry up because the 757s are pretty worn down already (built 1987 and 1988).


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The RJ 342 flies AMM-BKK-KUL-BKK-AMM on Fridays at the moment. Tickets are affordable at around USD 200 o/w, and there were only 13 other pax joining the BKK-KUL sector (transit pax remained on-board in BKK). RJ operates a 100% Thai cabin crew on this sector.


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Flew EP-IAC yesterday KUL-IKA which was great. Homa class was just about USD 100 on top and worth every cent. Y was full so they put some pax in the upper deck. On my previous two flights on EP-IAA the upper deck was blocked for staff and security. Needless to say the IR staff was exceptional and the service was great. Just the transfer in IKA was a bit frustrating. I had a pdf boarding pass for my LH connection to FRA but they just didn't let me go through the transit point. So I had to wait 6h until the LH check-in opened at 1am until someone got a boarding pass for me. I was hoping I can spend the 9h transit in the LH contracted lounge which didn't materialize.

Regards,
Loran



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3837 posts, RR: 51
Reply 72, posted (4 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

Quoting Loran (Reply 71):
Just the transfer in IKA was a bit frustrating.

Loran, thanks a lot for your updates! I'm very excited as I'm booked on pretty much exactly the same combination you were, 747 SP on KUL-IKA and then connecting to Lufthansa to Frankfurt. So I was under the impression with a German passport it might sometimes be possible to get a visa on arrival. Do you have any info on this? Have you tried this?

Soren   



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5953 posts, RR: 5
Reply 73, posted (4 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3679 times:

Quoting Loran (Reply 71):
however since the QF non-ER 747s are retiring soon there will at some stage only be the 6x ER versions left.

Just a heads up that QF will actually be keeping 9 744s. 3 late-1990s vintage non-ERs will remain in the fleet. While 9 is a small fleet they'll be around for a long time, basically indefinitely. 2020 at the earliest.



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User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 554 posts, RR: 4
Reply 74, posted (4 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3626 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 72):

I did get two visas-on-arrival in 2009 and 2010, haven't been there since then. I think it still works for German passports, but I'd do some online research upfront. I saw many pax getting visas-on-arrival while spending the 6h there, so why not give it a try. A few got it within 10 mins, one Chinese pax holds the record with over 2h of bureaucracy.

However it wouldn't surprise me if the visa officer will decline your request since your purpose of travel is transiting. All visas-on-arrival applicants have to provide hotel names, itineraries, etc. which you won't have. But you can always try.
If you can't get a visa, there is a little segragated section below the stairs for transit pax with 3 lounge chairs and milk-glass walls. You can hang out there and have some sleep.

Also, make sure you have your LH online checkin boardingpass printed to avoide the hassles I had. Chances should be good that you can pass the transit point with it, although it wouldn't surprise me if they don't accept OLCI boardingpasses.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 73):

Interesting info, thanks. Assume these are VH-OJS, OJT, and OJU (and maybe OEB?). Makes sense since these are still relatively young. Still chances will be good to catch the ER versions during this time, basically 2 to 1.

Regards,
Loran

EDIT: Re the RJ A342, I was meant to say that the USD 200 o/w fare are only for the sector BKK-KUL.

[Edited 2014-08-18 04:16:24]


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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5953 posts, RR: 5
Reply 75, posted (4 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3547 times:

Quoting Loran (Reply 74):
VH-OJS, OJT, and OJU

  

Quoting Loran (Reply 74):
Still chances will be good to catch the ER versions during this time, basically 2 to 1

The chances are good, but with SYD-DFW going A380 (and MEL-LAX going all-A380 several years ago) there are no longer any routes that require the ER's range. Therefore the ER and non-ER fleets are all going to be mixed up on every route.



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User currently onlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 2485 posts, RR: 1
Reply 76, posted (4 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3512 times:

While not airliners, does the Confederate/Commemorate Air Force give rides in their bombers? The B-17 and B-29? Those are practically the definition of rare and classic aircraft!


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User currently offlineBritishB747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 77, posted (4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

Anybody heard anything on a KLM MD-11 enthusiasts flight, or it being put on a short-haul sector? There were people mentioning that they were going to get in touch with KLM about the idea in other threads but have not heard anything about it since.


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User currently offlineKPWMSpotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 458 posts, RR: 2
Reply 78, posted (4 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3455 times:

Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 76):
While not airliners, does the Confederate/Commemorate Air Force give rides in their bombers? The B-17 and B-29? Those are practically the definition of rare and classic aircraft!

Yes, the CAF, Collings Foundation, and a few other warbird organizations all "sell" rides. Technically you're making a donation to the organization and they "let" you ride, but that's just a legal loophole. Reference the following, among others:

http://www.collingsfoundation.org/cf_flightexperiences.htm
http://www.airpowersquadron.org/#!airplane-rides/c10on
http://www.warbirdadventures.com/flights
http://www.azcaf.org/pages/rides.html

Currently you can purchase rides on several B-17s, several B-25s, a B-29, at least one B-24, dozens of P-51s and T-6s, and several other classic WWII types. The locations and prices vary, as most of the planes tour the US each summer.

In Canada, the Warplane Heritage Museum (Hamilton, ON) has some super-rare aircraft at surprisingly affordable prices. They offer rides in things such as a Lancaster, Catalina, Lysander, and a Fairey Firefly.

http://www.warplane.com/visit-cwhm/vintage-aircraft-flights.aspx



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User currently offlineairevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 894 posts, RR: 2
Reply 79, posted (4 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3233 times:

This might be something for those that happen to be in the region...

http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/ne...egins-offering-private-jet-flights



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User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 504 posts, RR: 2
Reply 80, posted (4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

Hi all,

I've noted some EMB-120 action around Budapest and Rijeka on Wikipedia. Flights are suposed to be operated by trade air and Budapest aircraft services. Does anyone know if I can book these flights somewhere? Trade Air has a booking engine online but doesn't display any flights.

Perhaps any other EMB-120 flights in Europe? Your help is appreciated!


User currently offlineairevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 894 posts, RR: 2
Reply 81, posted (4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

As far as I know there is a Budapest Air Service Embraer 120 flying on behalf of Intersky out of Graz or Salzburg. Am not exactly sure whether that is still the case but would be worth researching.

Trade Air does indeed have a booking engine on its website http://www.trade-air.com/Booking and their flights should be operated by Embraer 120s of Budapest Air Service and are very cheap. But maybe it´s worth dropping them a line to check whether or not it´s really an Embraer. Let us know!



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2302 posts, RR: 7
Reply 82, posted (4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 80):
Perhaps any other EMB-120 flights in Europe? Your help is appreciated!

Air Moldova (Tandem Aero) still operates their EM2 on some routes (KIV-OTP, for instance).


User currently offlineDeltaMD95 From United States of America, joined Aug 2014, 108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 83, posted (4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3056 times:

Quoting BritishB747 (Reply 77):

Anybody heard anything on a KLM MD-11 enthusiasts flight

That's a great question. A must for anyone that can afford it.



Did you know that a Boeing 717-200 is really a McDonnell Douglas MD95-30? ;-)
User currently offlineopticalilyushin From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2013, 82 posts, RR: 5
Reply 84, posted (4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3044 times:

Definitely fly Tandem Aero (bookable via Air Moldova), they fly a lot of regional routes. I took them from KBP, and Moldova is worth the visit

User currently offlineSkyeurope From Germany, joined May 2006, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 85, posted (4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3005 times:

Quoting opticalilyushin (Reply 84):

Well, exactly two.

Chisinau - Bucharest and Chisinau - Kiev.


User currently offlinedba4u From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 670 posts, RR: 14
Reply 86, posted (4 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2996 times:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 80):

Trade Air is flying the 120 on behalf of Croatia on the Zagreb-Osijek route. Fridays it's doing a rather intersting ZAG-RJK-SPU-DBV-RJK after the morning flight from Osijek. Sundays it's returning RJK-ZAG before operating the afternoon flight back to OSI.

Flights are bookable with Croatia Airlines and veeeery affordable (OSI-ZAG-RJK for examples is starting at ~47 EUR)!


User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 504 posts, RR: 2
Reply 87, posted (4 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2964 times:

Thanks for all the help on the Embraer 120 so far. I'm considering the Air Moldova option KIV-OTP sometime this winter. One way tickets are very affordable at 59 euro. I've always wanted to see Chisinau anyway.

Some flights over Croatia are also very attractive. I will keep you up to date about my final plans.


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 88, posted (4 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

Anyone know of any EMB-110 still operational (preferably in Europe) ?


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User currently offlineLoran From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 554 posts, RR: 4
Reply 89, posted (4 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 88):

Just had a look and realised that the EMB-110 has become very rare in scheduled services. I was lucky to fly one of the last ones with Insel Air in Nov 2013. In the June update of the airlineroutemappertool, I could only find the following:
- Air Rarotonga
- Air Creebec (Canada)
- TAG Airlines (Guatemala)
- Meta Airlines (Brazil)
- ABJ Abaete Airlines (Brazil)

None in Europe left it appears. China Eastern still incorrectly uploads their ERJ flights ex-Wuhan as 'EMB' equipment.

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 70):
Any updates on Bolivia?

Which aircraft types does TAM use on their scheduled flights at the moment?

I was sad to hear from our Bolivian freinds that FAB-111 (727-200) has been retired about 3 months ago. So there are no more 727s left in South America. Assume they currently use their 732s, 733s, 146s for scheduled services. I am still due to nail their CASA in the lowlands, there were attempts to replace them with J-31/32s, but it appears this has failed so far.

Regards,
Loran



703 717 727 732-9 747 757 767 777 787 AB2/6 310 318-321 330 340 380 D8M D91/3/5 D1C M11 M81-90 L10 IL8/6/7/W/9/4 TU3/5/2
User currently offlineairevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 894 posts, RR: 2
Reply 90, posted (4 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2841 times:

Speaking of Bolivia, TAM apparently retired their MA-60s although Boliviana is getting theirs quite soon, so that would be a good reason to visit. TAM´s Convair 580 also seems to be flying again. Does anybody know more? Too bad to hear about their 727, I had a lovely flight on it last year and was planning to go there again.


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User currently offlineopticalilyushin From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2013, 82 posts, RR: 5
Reply 91, posted (4 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2835 times:

Flew the Emb110 in Feb from Aruba to Curacao..not the most comfortable of rides, but worth it for the type. If you sit in the back left seat, beside the cargo door that overlaps into the pax cabin, you can see clear blue sky inbetween the door and frame..who needs air con, eh?!  

I would seriously be up for a Bolivia trip sometime next year, and even more so if we could arrange a small group from on here to go?


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 92, posted (3 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2481 times:

Quoting Loran (Reply 89):
Just had a look and realised that the EMB-110 has become very rare in scheduled services. I was lucky to fly one of the last ones with Insel Air in Nov 2013. In the June update of the airlineroutemappertool, I could only find the following:
- Air Rarotonga
- Air Creebec (Canada)
- TAG Airlines (Guatemala)
- Meta Airlines (Brazil)
- ABJ Abaete Airlines (Brazil)

Saw a recent movie on Youtube about the Cubana AN-158 taking off from NAS/Bahamas...there was a C6-registered EMB-110 in the background with a yellow tail...any ideas of the airline ? seemed operational  



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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4725 posts, RR: 50
Reply 93, posted (3 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2337 times:

Hi guys,

I'm working on getting my Iran trip arranged for October, flying through Dubai. I am thinking about flying Iranian airlines between DXB and THR. Iran Air I should be able to book online, or via the Amsterdam Office, so that doesn't seem to be a problem. Mahan Air seems to be able to be booked online as well (?) but is significantly more expensive (EUR410 vs EUR260) so I'll leave that option.

Does anyone have any good options for booking with Iran Asseman or cheaper options with Mahan?

I'm also looking for a hotel in Teheran for the first two nights, does anyone have any experiences?

Many thanks!

Jurgen



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User currently offlineopticalilyushin From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2013, 82 posts, RR: 5
Reply 94, posted (3 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2310 times:

An enthusiast flight on a VIP-configured Cello 146 will be operating next month, from Birmingham to Dublin, seats are strictly limited on this (46, I think). Full details, and the official announcement for it to come later today or tomorrow

User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8772 posts, RR: 42
Reply 95, posted (3 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2272 times:

Quoting JRadier (Reply 93):
I'm also looking for a hotel in Teheran for the first two nights, does anyone have any experiences?

I have stayed at the Parsian Kowsar recently, which was perfectly fine - just for one night, though, so I can't say I had a lot of experience. Central location, decent rooms and air conditioning, a "taxi station" right there in the hotel and the breakfast was fine even during Ramadan. The company that sent me there had booked it through a German site (IIRC), which made it more expensive than it needed to be, and the staff recommended that I book any further stays through the website of the hotel chain: http://www.parsianhotels.com

My taxi back to the airport (IKA) was 600,000 Rials (plus 50,000 for the a/c   ) and I guess it would have been the same on the way into the city. Remember to bring cash as you won't be able to use your cards; most recently I got 41,000 Rials for €1 at an change office in Tehran proper. In case you haven't come across that fact (yet), the Iranians tend to use the unit "toman", one of which is the same as 10 Rials.

What else... if you're thinking of bringing back caviar, you can get it at the airport duty free store for an arm, a leg and a lung and/or kidney depending on their condition - which translates to roughly €90 for a small tin.



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User currently offlineopticalilyushin From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2013, 82 posts, RR: 5
Reply 96, posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2214 times:

aaaand here it is, full details to be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AirlinerExperience

User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 97, posted (3 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 92):
there was a C6-registered EMB-110 in the background with a yellow tail...any ideas of the airline ?

Probably Cat Island Air, though they dont seem to have a website. Have 3 on last count.

Kenn Borek in Canada also have 4, though I believe at least 3 are stored and I dont think there is any easy way to get on any of their flights unless you are an oil worker, miner or geologist...

Update from western Canada, 8P have two Goose seaplanes in service this summer. Seems it is confirmed that 4N are indeed phasing out the HS748 next year but will retain two for charters.



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User currently offlineshankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1547 posts, RR: 1
Reply 98, posted (3 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

Just enjoyed a ride in this bird whilst in the wonderful San Juans:

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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Ben Wang



Yes, I know she now has a shiny new turbine, but most of her was delivered from the factory to the RCAF in 1960 and 54 years later is still carrying fare paying passengers in safety and comfort



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3837 posts, RR: 51
Reply 99, posted (3 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

BREAKING NEWS
(very very sad news...)
The Iran Air 747SP will be retired before the end of the year!
See: http://www.airevents.de
I flew on EP-IAC yesterday from KUL to IKA and today I read the news. So sad...

Soren   



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 100, posted (3 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 97):
Seems it is confirmed that 4N are indeed phasing out the HS748 next year but will retain two for charters.

Thanks for the info...will be visiting YXY and Yukon in September 2015, so hopefully she's still operational by that time !!!



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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4725 posts, RR: 50
Reply 101, posted (3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1908 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 95):
I have stayed at the Parsian Kowsar recently, which was perfectly fine

Thanks for your help! Nothing unexpected, although the exchange rate is a bit better than expected. Sadly the hotel website doesn't let me book anything for the dates I'd want (8-10OCT), and I'll also be a month early for the retirement of the SP... Might have to take the detour via KUL then....



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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 102, posted (3 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1665 times:

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 97):
Update from western Canada, 8P have two Goose seaplanes in service this summer.

And one of them has gone bump already   hopefully will get flying again

http://www.avcanada.ca/forums2/viewtopic.php?f=118&t=98897



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User currently onlineeielef From Argentina, joined Oct 2007, 135 posts, RR: 2
Reply 103, posted (3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

Russian planes available in Russia?
I've found some weird itinerary, but couldn't buy it yet.
22OCT 0010-0340 VKO-UFA Tu-154 4G9641
22OCT 0740-0830 UFA-PEE-Tu-134 UR9585
22OCT 0940-0930 PEE-NNM Tu-134 UR9585
22OCT 1800-2340 NNM-UFA Tu-134 UR9586
23OCT 0750-0720 UFA-KUF Let410 УЭ93
23OCT 0815-1010 KUF-GOJ Let410 УЭ93
23OCT 1710-1840 GOJ-VKO ATR72 UT162

Here is a map. All interested may join. Last flights on the TU3 and TU5 for sure. Both plus L4T are FIRSTs for me.
An NNM (Naryan Mar) looks quite interesting for a few hours!

http://www.airliners.net/uf/view.fil...&filename=1411501909rSDvrO.gif



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