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Is This Iran Air's "new" 747?  
User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 20425 times:

My wife and me visited Hagenbecks Tierpark (Hamburg's beautiful zoo) this afternoon. It is located not far from the airport, and we could see quite some aircraft passing the zoo right after taking off from rwy 05.

I was just taking pictures of some Giraffes, when quite to my surprise a 747 passed right over us. Usually, the largest a/c you see taking off from HAM in the afternoon is Emirates A330.

I quickly chased her with my camera, and now upon reviewing the pics, I wonder what airline this is.

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My first guess was Iran Air, as the tail design is resembling their livery. But it seems slightly different, compared to this:

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Could it be their recently acquired 747, with a slightly modified livery?

Sorry for the low quality, but I was prepared for a different sort of birds at that time...  Wink

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User currently offlineMagyarorszag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 20364 times:

Quoting ZakHH (Thread starter):
My first guess was Iran Air

This is indeed Iran Air.


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http://www.planespotters.net/Production_List/Boeing/747/22670.html


User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 20162 times:

Quoting ZakHH (Thread starter):
My first guess was Iran Air

You can see "Iran Air" written on the side of the plane in the first shot!  silly 

I would say definitely Iran Air.


User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 19979 times:

Quoting Noelg (Reply 2):
You can see "Iran Air" written on the side of the plane in the first shot!

I was not 100% sure as I thought that the space covered by the tree branch would be a bit too big for just a single "a". Plus, I have another shot that creates an impression as if there were 2 more letters in the airline name. After playing a bit with Photoshop, both turned out to be optical illusions, though.

Quoting Magyarorszag (Reply 1):
This is indeed Iran Air.

When searching the database for Iran Air photos, I seem to have missed these 2 pics. With them, things become pretty obvious indeed...  ashamed 

Thanks, anyway!  Smile


User currently offlineMagyarorszag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 19909 times:

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 3):
When searching the database for Iran Air photos

Well, I did the seach through the registration as I remembered it, but I also just did a quick search for Iran Air B747-200 and both photos showed up.

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 3):
Thanks, anyway!

You're welcome!  Smile


User currently offlineA300 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 471 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 19842 times:
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It is an ex-LH plane.


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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 19648 times:

Quoting A300 (Reply 5):
It is an ex-LH plane.

Certainly looks like it - which could explain why it was at HAM. Did it come out of LH Technik or was it on a regular run?

Karl


User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 18778 times:

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 6):

According to the link posted above it is ex. LH then ex. Air Universal.

Tom.



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User currently offlineDambuster From Switzerland, joined Nov 2006, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 18603 times:

And yet another 3rd hand... when will we see something new for Iran Air? Never!
Their nuclear ain't helping much either... though even before that the Americans have been going at it.


User currently offlineMagyarorszag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 18431 times:

Quoting A300 (Reply 5):
It is an ex-LH plane.

Here are two pictures to illustrate the link I provided above.


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User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 17611 times:

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 6):
Did it come out of LH Technik or was it on a regular run?

Guess it was IR722, thus a regular run. Not only did I fail to search the database, I also did not look into the HAM flight schedule... d'oh!

Thank god I did it before asking why I was seeing 2 Emirates a/c leaving HAM within just 30 minutes...  Wink


User currently offlineDairy From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 17602 times:

Quoting ZakHH (Thread starter):
after taking off from rwy 05

If you have been at Hagenbecks Tierpark seeing the Aircraft it must have been taking off from Runway 23 and was climbing out about "Niendorf".
From the same position you can see aircrafts landing on Runway5! Aircrafts taking off on Runway 23 are climbing out over Langenhorn - the opposite direction, seen from Hagenbecks



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User currently offlineMxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 16336 times:

Yes definitely IR b.747-200 that i spotted in THR 2 weeks ago.
Happy to see it in Europe
Alberto


User currently offlineDeltaflyertoo From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1642 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 19 hours ago) and read 13284 times:

How would I go about buying a ticket to fly Iran Air. They have flights from Europe? Is it as easy as going on Expedia? Or IranAir.com?

User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1515 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 17 hours ago) and read 12683 times:

It is indeed ex LH. The aircraft is the former DABYX "Koln" and one of the last to be retired.

brgds//Vimanav



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User currently offlineCurious From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 16 hours ago) and read 12135 times:

This aircraft is not owned but leased from Jordan.

User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 16 hours ago) and read 11906 times:

Quoting Dairy (Reply 11):
If you have been at Hagenbecks Tierpark seeing the Aircraft it must have been taking off from Runway 23 and was climbing out about "Niendorf".

Damn it, this is starting to get embarrassing. Did I feed my brain to the elephants yesterday?  Wink

Of course you are right. Last times I was there, aircrafts were approaching over Hagenbecks, thus landing on rwy05. But if they take off in that direction (like they did yesterday), it's rwy23 of course.

Now I hope that it was at least really my wife I was with yesterday. If I am to be corrected about that detail, too...  crazy 


User currently offlineMagyarorszag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 16 hours ago) and read 11835 times:

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 16):
Now I hope that it was at least really my wife I was with yesterday.

 rotfl 

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 16):
If I am to be corrected about that detail, too...

That may turn out to be a rather hot moment.....  Wink

Cheers.


User currently offlineTheSunseeker From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 11364 times:

Great that you all found out what it is.
Now, am I the only one here who is wondering what the hell it was doing in Germany???  Big grin

Maintanance? Come on, those Iranians seem to know a solution for everything. They can do that theirselfs...

VIP flight (Not that I think there are many Iranian VIPs but someone mentionend Jordan!) ?



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User currently offlineSralfalo From Germany, joined Nov 2005, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 10847 times:
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I've seen the a/c at the terminal right next to a Emirates A330, didn't look like it was here for maintenance reasons.
I rushed home to get my camera, but all I saw when I came back was this:

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 hissyfit 


btw, this was my first post!


User currently offlineMagyarorszag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 10804 times:

Quoting Sralfalo (Reply 19):
btw, this was my first post!

Welcome aboard, and enjoy your flight with A.net Airlines !

Cheers.


User currently offlineDesediez From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 12 hours ago) and read 10163 times:

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 6):
Did it come out of LH Technik or was it on a regular run?

Definnetly a regular run. The Hamburg runs seam to be a good business for IR, even normaly they operate them with A300-600R or A31-300. Few years ago they used the 747SP for the HAM flights...


User currently offlineYak42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 800 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 11 hours ago) and read 9464 times:

Another old B742! They just keep buyýng them and operatýng them untýl they dýe. THR ýs really lookýng lýke a 747 classýc graveyard as observed from the metro lýne 5 last week.

User currently offlineCurious From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 8371 times:

Yes I mentioned Jordan, IR does not own the aircraft it has been leasing it for the past year from Jordan Aviation or Universal? I think. Also heard that cockpit crew are Jordanian.

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8047 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 8123 times:

I saw this aircraft on the flightline at Mehrabad (Tehran's old, city centre airport) in September, still in full Air Universal livery. I don't know whether it had already started IR flights at that point. There was an old IR 747-100 and an SP parked either side and they were being readied for their next flights, so perhaps this one was already in service as well. Nice to see it in something closer to real IR livery. The Homa bird looks quite good in a blue circle. Reminds me of this:

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Quoting Deltaflyertoo (Reply 13):
How would I go about buying a ticket to fly Iran Air. They have flights from Europe? Is it as easy as going on Expedia?

Iranair fly all over Europe with a combination of 747s and A310s - off the top of my head, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Cologne, Stockholm, Vienna, Milan, Geneva, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Madrid, Athens etc. In Asia you'll find them in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Mumbai, Karachi and some of the eastern ex Soviet republics as well (Baku, Tashkent etc). And of course they cover the whole Middle East. Booking is relatively easy but not necessarily on sites like lastminute, expedia, because of US sanctions against Iran (expedia claim Tehran doesn't exist - like Havana). But if you call the airline, I'm sure you'll get a good fare and good personal service.

Read this for more info: http://www.airliners.net/articles/read.main?id=88



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
25 TommyBP251b : They also use the 773 for they DXB-HAM-JFK flights according to Aero International!
26 Post contains links and images PlymSpotter : Give opodo a try; http://www.opodo.co.uk/ The fares on Iran Air are fairly high, but once you get there the flights are dirt cheap, and on some rare
27 Post contains images Magyarorszag : That's right !
28 Post contains links Cedarjet : Internal flights? Cor, not 'alf. Two Saha 707s (and you will weep with joy when you see the interior), two Iran Air Tours Tu154s and an Iranair Fokke
29 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Hi there, yeap all is well, hope it is with you too Thanks for that info, I had previously been given a link, but the fee they were charging to arran
30 Post contains images LTU932 : AFAIK, last year IR flew THR-HAM during the summer with 747s on certain days. Don't recall which though. I wonder why the route is such a success. I'
31 Post contains links Sralfalo : Indeed the Iranian community in Hamburg ist the biggest in Germany with around 15.000 people living here. Persians are a part of Hamburg history for 2
32 AA777223 : It seems like a population of 15,000 would be insufficient to warrant a route. Is the 77W incapable of making the jaunt from DXB to JFK without a tec
33 LTU932 : You probably misunderstood. It's the big Iranian community in Hamburg which likely makes THR-HAM highly profitable. The Iranian community was never d
34 Cedarjet : This has to be a typo. I think you'd need more like 150,000 Iranians to warrant 747s. An Iranair jumbo carries 300 people a time, that's only 50 flig
35 LTU932 : It's not. Besides, the 747 doesn't fly to HAM all the time. There's just enough O&D (it's not just VFR passengers but it can be also tourist and busi
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