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User currently offlineYak42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 801 posts, RR: 6
Posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

I am going to travel from Belfast/Dublin to Tokyo this year and would really like to travel with Iran air as I have always wanted to travel with this airline.

But my concern is the transfer between flights at Tehran, I have heard that Tehran Mehrabad Airport is a real hassel to use. I know that a new airport was opening, but I dont know if it is open yet or when it will open. I can get no real information about it.

Can you transfer easily from one international flight to another easily at Tehran now. Does anyone know?

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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12596 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

Believe it or not, I was visiting Skytrax (a very good site to visit) this evening and they have opinions from pax who have flown in virtually every airline you can think of, from ACES to Yemenia. Iran Air got a pretty lukewarm response. Food was well rated, but that was about it. Aircraft were (for obvious reasons) old and a bit decrepit and inflight entertainment was bad - an old projector showing movies in farsi. Farcical, more like!

However, one writer mentioned connecting at Mehrabad and gave it a particularly emphatic thumbs down. Now, you want to go to NRT. Tuesday is the only day on which flights connect, i.e. leave LHR on Tuesday at 17.00, arrive Tehran at 02.00, leave at 19.45 the same day and arrive NRT at 12.00.

I'd really recommend you try someone else! There are plenty of decent European airlines around - SAS, for example: shiny new A340s, PTVs, STAR alliance points. And you REALLY would chose IR instead?


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1956 times:

Yak42,

what a coincidence, a few hours ago I had a small discussion by eMail about IR with a few other a.net members and I told them that I also like this airline. I hope you manage it to fly to NRT on Iran Air, I can imagine that it is a great experience.

Patrick


User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1872 times:

I was thinking of doing something similar. Going ex Europe to NRT or KUL via THR. I think I only will do it with a stop in Iran.


Smooth as silk - Royal Orchid Service /// Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens - Springbok
User currently offlineYak42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 801 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1828 times:

Kaitak -I think I would be able to get a better connection if I go from AMS/FRA or CGD.
Swissgabe- If you were going to KUL, I would go with Royal Jordanian with a stop in AMM, I think they are much more together and proffesional. I would go with them only they dont fly to NRT.


User currently offlinePetazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1799 times:

Yak42,

Are you on crack? Assuming what Kaitak said was mostly true, then why would you ever want to fly on an old ratty plane with aweful connections and a bad airport (Tehran) when you could fly with a European/Asian airline?

Unless flying IR will save you tons of money- I don't get it. What if you miss the connection- can you afford to wait in Tehran for 1 week?


User currently offlineAmirAA From Iran, joined May 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1753 times:

Hi Yak42,

I've travelled on Iran Air many times and all i can say is the flights are wonderfull. Despite sanctions barring Iran Air from upgrading its fleet, apart from in flight entertainment in the form of tv screens, Iran Airs lacks nothing. Service is good, food is great much better than some european airlines, flights are extremely comfortable and plus you'll most probably be flying in the fantastic 747SP, a magical experience. Do remember that Iran Air was pre Iran-Iraq war the fastest growing airline in the world.
As for Mehrabad airport transfering flights have been real easy for myself and i've had no hassle in this regard, both domestic and international. Mehrabad airport has recently been given a few new goodies like new gates etc. which have made the airport use much swifter.
The new airport as far as i know is under final completion and will be in use very soon. I gotta say this airport looks magical lets hope there are no more delays in its completion so these questions regarding air travel in Iran become a thing of the past.

thanks Amir


User currently offlineFFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

Hahaa. Most (all?) European flights arrive at Tehran between 1:00 - 4:00 am, then you spend maybe 3 - 6 hours in various lines in at least 95 F heat, and all those "wonderful" smells without being able to go to a toilet or even sit down. The welcoming committee includes besides the local border authorities also the religious police (what was the name of that...?), the representative of whom together with the customs guys go through all of you personal belongings, money - and especially any printer matter. If you have a let's say western business magazine with you, you have to surrender it or take a black marker and use it to cover all the uncovered female faces in all the pictures in the magazine. The same applies the pictures of your wife or girlfriend you might to have in your purse.

Well, that applies when you enter the country. It might be easier if you transfer. In that case you might not be forced to also return via THR - just to have those friendly guys to count your money on your way back.

You think about having a glass of wine or a bottle of bier with your meal? Not on Iran Air! Taking an own bottle on board for yourself or for a gift in that case? Welcome to spend some considerable time in those most pleasant prisons of Iran! Maybe that one on the hills above the city: The one from which the local people tell the constant horrified screams can be heard every night.



User currently offlineAmirAA From Iran, joined May 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1623 times:

FFlyer,

How long ago have you been to Mehrabad if at all. Your lack of up to date information is staggering. The only thing you said that was true is that alchohol is forbidden, thats it. Gone have the days when customs were strict with foreign passengers. Its true at the time of the Iran-Iraq war in the 80's foreign visitors were looked upon suspicously mainly because of almost all western countries support for Iraqi Saddams imposed war on Iran.
Anyway Yak42 do not be put of by some peoples perception and ignorance towards Iran. Cues in customs are rapid, last time i visited i was in a cue for about 20 mins. You are not searched through at all in the way FFlyer described.

thanks Amir

P.S. FFlyer you watch too much fox news in regard with the prison.


User currently offlineFFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1599 times:

My trips to Tehran were about 10 years ago. Some things might have changed, but I doubt. Hearing from other people, at least the western magazines (pictures) are still banned. 10 years ago also any records, CD's, tapes (containing western music) were forbidden. And alcohol, of course.

User currently offlineAmirAA From Iran, joined May 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1563 times:

FFlyer,

Please do not have baseless doubts about change in nations such as Iran and hence air travel. You've gotto remember that everything that happens in the world happens for a reason. The reason for your bad experiences in mehrabad were because those in power in Iran still have memories of when they were opressed before the revolution by a leader who was widely supported by the west and specifically by America and hence their efforts to avoid all things western. Unfortunatly some of these now opress some but they are becoming fewer and fewer and slowly somewhat irrelevant.
Today few people are from that generation who had suffered but are a new generation. The new geneartion are open to such things as western magazines and hence dramatic eases in air travel in Iran is seen today.

thanks Amir


User currently offlineYak42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 801 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1498 times:

Thanks Amir for sharing your good knowledge about Mehrabad, it does'nt sound too bad. I knew Iran Air was a good airline, but I hope Imam Khomeini Airport is open by the time I go. I'd love to see it finished.

Petazulu- where do you get the impression that Iran Air is a bad airline and that Mehrabad is a bad airport, is that just completely based on predjudice. As I said, I have always wanted to fly with Iran Air and this journey is an opertunity to do that, and no I'm not on crack thankyou.

Allan


User currently offlineAmir From Syria, joined Dec 1999, 1254 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1479 times:

My experience with THR airport dates back to 1996. The airport was fair and people nice.

Though not the best airport to transfer, i can only encourage you to stopover there! the city is nice (way less negative than most think) and take a ride to Asfahan (Domestic travel is not very expensive). After all you will have a memorable visit in a country with very friendly people. I loved my trip to THR and planing to return there next year with more time to devote in Asfahan and Shiraz.

Best regards
Amir


User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 13, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

Come on Petazulu, there are ENTHUSIASTS here on this board - i.e. people who get out of their way to fly with an extraordinary airline or plane. I took a ride on a Belavia Yak-40 two months ago, and I´m still alive.


Unfortunately, my IR/747SP plans are shelved since IR stopped flying GVA-ORY  Sad

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 14, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1467 times:

Yak42
thanks for your hint. as I said, I only would transit via THR when I also want to STAY in Iran ...

AMM has to be quite cool as well, I might fly ZRH-AMM-THR-KUL  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

cheers



Smooth as silk - Royal Orchid Service /// Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens - Springbok
User currently offlinePetazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1462 times:

I don't know much about Iran Air, Tehran, or the airport. I was basing this on KaiTak's recollection of his experiences and on the fact that the transfer between flights was almost 19 hours downtime! While I love airplanes, I don't have that much time and usually go for the most direct route. I would also worry about mechanical delays, etc.

I travel mostly for work. It would be insane to use Iran Air for that type of airtravel. I'd probably get fired.

I did not mean to insult Iran or Iranians, just meant to point out that the best way between Europe and Asia is not through Iran.


User currently offlineYak42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 801 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

Petazulu- I doubt somewhow that you would be fired for using Iran Air, there is nothing to indicate that their service is in anyway inferior or not punctual and TEH is reasonably placed for Europe-Far East travel. I was merely enquiring about tranfers at Tehran. I dont think there is anything hair brained or very impractical about it.

User currently offlineAmirAA From Iran, joined May 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1408 times:

Hi Yak42,

I am so glad that you are such a fair minded person and dont make judgement baselessly, i wish many more were like yourself. I hope you do travel with Iran Air and have a wonderfull journey.

thanks Amir


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