AmirAA From Iran, joined May 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3479 times:
I am a keen fan of Iran Air and have heard they plan to upgrade their fleet with new A330's and used A310's, and expand their services to north Amercia(Canada) can anybody clarify this and give me any more info you have on the topic ?
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8093 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3418 times:
I'm sure they'd like to and it's in their long-term plans. They'd make a lot of money serving N America, because of the exodus of intellectuals etc after the revolution, there are more (for instance) Iranian doctors practising in the US than in Iran. Same goes for many other professions (engineers).
MEA want to open a route from Beirut to Toronto and Beirut to New York City. Same applies, huge first generation expat community.
Although "VFR" traffic (Visiting Friends & Relatives) isn't very lucrative, not many people can afford business class for a trip home to see their cousins and I don't think there's much trade between Iran and N America (or Lebanon, maybe a little more but not much). No tourism to speak of from either Canada or the US for either Iran or Lebanon. MEA would be better off reopening flights to Brazil, where there are strong trade links and more Lebanese there than in Lebanon.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 377 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3343 times:
I wonder where the real Amir has disappeared? any ways their A310s are already in service ex-Emirates planes, dont know when the A330s will join the fleet plans were for the first quarter of 2001, does anyone know when their 747s will be retired, especially the SPs
Caribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1637 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3331 times:
I heard a while back MEA wanted YUL-BEY but couldn't start because of some US sanctions that had a residual effect on Canada... The reference above is the first I have ever heard of YYZ-BEY but given today's aviation market it would be logical.. maybe a YYZ-YUL-BEY route?