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747SP Iran Air EP-IAB, Seen It?  
User currently offlineTommy Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 912 posts, RR: 21
Posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3508 times:

I'm just curious if anyone has seen Iran Air's B747SP EP-IAB recently ?

We haven't received any reports of that registration since september 2004.

Has it been stored, or is she in service but we haven't heard about it ?
There are no photos on A.net after that date either...

Full history: http://www.747sp.com/history.asp?20999

Sightings are very interesting, please let us know!

Tommy Mogren


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User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3470 times:

I was in Tehran about 3 weeks ago.

I saw EP-IAB on March 15th and again on the 17th at Mehrabad. The a/c was towed on the apron, after or before a flight...


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User currently offlineTommy Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 912 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

Ah...Excellent!

Thank you for the information!

Tommy Mogren



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User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3426 times:

Is EP-IAB their last SP in service? How long until they retire it?

User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3392 times:

Quoting QR332 (Reply 3):
How long until they retire it?

Until IranAir is be free to buy the aircraft it needs to replace its ageless fleet, when this stupid and insane U.S embargo will be lifted.


User currently offlineTommy Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 912 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3316 times:

Quoting QR332 (Reply 3):
Is EP-IAB their last SP in service?

Iran Air is currently using 2 747SP's in service.

ep-iab http://www.747sp.com/History.asp?20999

ep-iad http://www.747sp.com/History.asp?21758

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 1):
The a/c was towed on the apron, after or before a flight...

Did you take any photos of it ?

Tommy Mogren



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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4518 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3297 times:

Whatever happened to EP-IAC? Did they never repair it? Did they bring it back to Iran somehow or what...


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User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4376 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 4):
Until IranAir is be free to buy the aircraft it needs to replace its ageless fleet, when this stupid and insane U.S embargo will be lifted.

Of course it's a stupid and insane embargo!! We should all reward rogue and terrorist-supporting regimes!!!

Politics aside, I'm actually impressed that they are able to keep the a/c flying. What destinations do they use the SP on anyway??



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26815 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3265 times:

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 7):
Of course it's a stupid and insane embargo!! We should all reward rogue and terrorist-supporting regimes!!!

Like Israel??

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 7):
What destinations do they use the SP on anyway??

LHR and China mostly.



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User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4376 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3258 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 8):
Like Israel??

In general, I'll leave politics out of this forum. I just felt one political (and un-called for) jab deserved another in kind.

But thanks for the answer to my question.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26815 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3249 times:

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 9):
I just felt one political (and un-called for) jab deserved another in kind.

That was not an uncalled for political jab. AirxLiban actualy made a comment mostly based in civil aviation, and not politics. As it is, people who fly with Iran Air are forced to fly on aircraft that, no matter how well maintained, are getting very old and do not have the same kind of parts support that, say NW has. Iran Air Engineering has done yeoman's work over the past 26 years in keeping aircraft in the sky, safe, without support from their original manufacturer, but it is unfair to the people of Iran and the passengers of Iran Air to keep them flying on craft that are not ideal, especially when the carrier has the money to do a wholesale fleet replacement simply because of disagreements between 2 idiotic governments.



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User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4376 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

It was an uncalled-for political jab. I'm sure you would not appreciate it if I let my true feelings about ignorant and arrogant French policies be known.

But, like I said, I usually don't discuss politics in an aviation forum. So let's allow the subject to expire get back to talking about what we all joined this forum for -- Airplanes!!!



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User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2491 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

Whatever happened to EP-IAC? Did they never repair it? Did they bring it back to Iran somehow or what...



transferred to iran,WFU, and will now be used as for spares...



EP-IAD is also still flying guy's.... so theire using 3 SP's at the moment.


User currently offlineTommy Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 912 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3105 times:

Quoting MauriceB (Reply 12):
so theire using 3 SP's at the moment.

Really ?
We know EP-IAB and EP-IAD is flying, but are you sure about EP-IAA ?

Our records show it's been stored in Teheran.
http://www.747sp.com/History.asp?20998

Do you know anything more about EP-IAA ??


Tommy Mogren



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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3097 times:

9/5/2004 EP-IAB Iran Air Flight CGN Flew a unique approximately one hour sightseeing trip for a group of aviation enthusiasts.

How great it feels to be a part of that!

Glad to see EP-IAB is still in service!  Smile

Regards,
Justin  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3081 times:

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 7):
Of course it's a stupid and insane embargo!! We should all reward rogue and terrorist-supporting regimes!!!

So this embargo aimed at preventing Terrorism...
Considering the evident efficiency and the results, I would suggest U.S administration to change its tactics...

Quoting RedFlyer (Reply 11):
I'm sure you would not appreciate it if I let my true feelings about ignorant and arrogant French policies be known.

You can talk about "arrogant French Policies" !!!

Quoting Tommy Mogren (Reply 13):
We know EP-IAB and EP-IAD is flying, but are you sure about EP-IAA ?

EP-IAA became airworthy again and went back to service after EP-IAC was WFU and used for spares.


User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3070 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 8):
Like Israel??

Well, you gotta be french.Not surprised.I won't start a politic argument,so...
weren't them flying them to india or something like that?



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User currently offlineChazzerguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 277 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3013 times:

FlySSC-

Where did you hear that about IAA? Not doubting you, just curious your source, if it can be revealed... I had heard IAA was WFU just about the same time as IAC, and the complete lack of recent photos or sitings would seem to indicate that if it is back in service, it's only been very recent...

Any more info?


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

Chazzerguy,

That was told me by Iran Air ground staff and mechanic staff at Mehrabad about 3 weeks ago, as I was questionning them about the -SP's ...

I saw clearly EP-IAB being towed right in front of us. There was another -SP quite far away but I couldn't see the registration..

IR needs desperately new a/c now to expand AND to replace the oldest ones. The staff told me also they have more and more maintenance problems with the A300B2 too


User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1640 posts, RR: 28
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2899 times:

How often does the Iran Air 747SP come to LHR?

I want to be there to capture it on film. Please let me know.
Thanks!

SmithAir747



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User currently offlineCalAir From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 298 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2823 times:

I have only recently joined Airliners.net but I am absolutely amazed at how people go off on one about subjects TOTALLY unrelated to aviation. Why? People if you want to engage in political debates please, join forums set up for that very purpose and let people who want to post and read about aeroplanes do so without having to read all this rubbish that springs up when somebody gets on their soapbox! No offence to any individual or slur on any political belief, but there is such thing as a time and a place and this aint one of them!


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User currently offlineTheBigOne From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

Just wondering why Iran Air does not order new Russian jets. I am well aware that they would love to have either A or B aircraft, but surely new build IL96 and TU204s would go some way towards easing the burden on their ageing 747 / A300 fleet. I know the Russian jets are not as fuel efficient as western aircraft, but I'm sure they have to be more fuel efficient than the older 747s and A300s. Plus, I'm sure Iran would be able to negotiate some kind of workshare, so that their industry benefits from ordering Russian planes?


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26815 posts, RR: 75
Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2772 times:

Quoting TheBigOne (Reply 21):
Just wondering why Iran Air does not order new Russian jets.

They actually have at times. They even build AN-24s in Iran. They were also allowed a small order of Airbus and Fokker aircraft after the US shot down an IR A300 with 290 passengers and crew.



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User currently offlinePl4nekr4zy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 465 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 22):
They were also allowed a small order of Airbus and Fokker aircraft after the US shot down an IR A300 with 290 passengers and crew.

When, where, and why did that plane get shot down? I never knew about this.



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User currently offlineSnoopy From Switzerland, joined Oct 2001, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

Quoting TheBigOne (Reply 21):
I have only recently joined Airliners.net but I am absolutely amazed at how people go off on one about subjects TOTALLY unrelated to aviation. Why? People if you want to engage in political debates please, join forums set up for that very purpose and let people who want to post and read about aeroplanes do so without having to read all this rubbish that springs up when somebody gets on their soapbox! No offence to any individual or slur on any political belief, but there is such thing as a time and a place and this aint one of them!

CalAir, unfortunately you are spot on! There's a lot of clutter and background noise on this forum....you just have to sift through it. What a waste of time and energy  Sad


25 Tommy Mogren : I don't really know. I know Iran Air uses the 747SP mainly on their Teheran - Tokyo route, with a stop in Peking. But it does go to LHR, just don't k
26 KC135TopBoom : A USN Tico class CG, that was engaged in a surface battle with Iranian PT Boats, fired on the aircraft with an SM-2 missile in 1988. The Naval surfac
27 FBWless : Was EP-IAC ferried to Teheran with all that damage? Low level flight maybe??
28 Post contains links Chazzerguy : EP-IAC is in Teheran at this point... Not sure the ferry date, or any details... From what I've heard and seen, the plane was not terribly damaged...
29 Arkhem : It's almost laughable that the survivors of Iran 655 were paid $300k for wage earning victims, and half that for non wage earners. The PA103 victims
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