ZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 19698 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.
My first guess was Iran Air, as the tail design is resembling their livery. But it seems slightly different, compared to this:
ZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 19252 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.
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
ZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 11179 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?
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...
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7814 posts, RR: 54 Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7396 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:
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.