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Iran Air- Tehran To London (Part 1 Of 3)  
User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 212 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Tehran to London
Iran Air- Boeing 747-200
Duration: 6:30 hours
Date: August 2009

See Part 2 here:

Iran Air- Tehran To London (Part 2 Of 3) (by omidp Jun 29 2010 in Trip Reports)

See Part 3 here:

Iran Air- Tehran To London (Part 3 Of 3) (by omidp Jun 29 2010 in Trip Reports)

Hi all,

This is my first trip report and as I saw there are not many Iran Air threads around I thought I'd create the most complete one. I am Iranian myself. I have a blog filled with Tehran pictures. More than 30,000 pictures of Tehran and keeping it updated regularly. Make sure to check all pages as it gives you a great tour of all areas of Tehran and you can get to know Tehran even better than Tehranis. Below is the link:


I'm going to post some sample pix of Tehran here as well.

Unfortunately our nasty government has a dress code for females above 9 years old and they all are required to have Islamic veil - Scarf and an overcoat when in public places, which is against the will of most people but you have no choice and men are not allowed to wear shorts or sleeveless shirts. I know this is so sick and Iranian people are very tired of the dress code but we have one of the worst governments in the world and if you talk against them or protest they'll arrest and execute you. So Iranian people stay away from the gov. as they have no choice over them and their life is so disconnected from the government. May one day soon Iran can see real freedom. Iranians are very friendly people and Iran can be a very nice destination for you to travel.

Tehran the capital of Iran, the biggest city in the Middle East with a metro population of 14M. A great metro system and has the most number of highways after cities in U.S.

Iran's Provinces and their capitals

In the map below I have marked main territories of Tehran, Northern Tehran, East, West, Central and South from Tehran.ir

1. Northern Tehran: Wealthy areas , Upper Class
2. East: Middle Class
3. West: Middle Class and Upper Middle Class and Wealthy closer to the North East Corner and center of the area (shahrake Qarb)
4. Central Tehran: Middle Class
5. South: Lower middle class, poor areas in the further south and south end tips of the city


All these orange lines are Tehran main highways...it has as many highways as Los Angeles and New York...


Below are the name of major neighborhoods of Tehran Metro area from Wikipedia


Tehran Subway Map still under construction and growing to more than 9 lines.

Map done by Shmack


An amazing website for planning your trip to Iran with a huge amount of awesome and useful hints and tips and tour pakcage offers.

It even talks about the dress code as what to wear and when to visit etc.

Pix from Tehran Mega Capital of Iran








by Salehyar

Central Tehran


pix by Ninara from Flickr

In Niavaran Park Tehran







Iranians have very diverse looks and this picture of a photographer's gathering in Tehran's Artist House clearly shows that












Pix of Cameron Zigzali's Store Grand Opening in Tehran. Iranian ladies constantly try to fight the gov. restrictions by pushing their scarf back and opposing the dress code but it still exists.








by Babak



by Behrooz



by Javad

Milad Tower 435 Meters

by Jan


by Adfavey

Laleh Park


by Milad


by BigCastor

Real Estate in Tehran is so expensive. This is Elahiyeh- Fereshteh area and one of the most expensive in Tehran. Condos start here from $500,000 USD to over 6 Million USD







Tehran's Imam Khomeini's Int'l Aiport (IKA) is located 30 KM south of Tehran. The terminal is OK but does not have much stores so it gets a bit boring but it's a fun and cool experience anyways  

In Tehran most European airlines (KLM, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Austrian etc) operate between 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. and in the morning and during the day you can see that mostly middle eastern destinations are covered as well as Iran Air's European routes.

First I post some pictures of the IKA airport- These are not taken by me but I'm including the source/credits:

As I said all european flights come to Tehran from 12AM and 6AM.

by Hamed


[Edited 2010-06-29 23:40:03]

[Edited 2010-06-30 00:00:30]

54 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 903 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wow! Very cool to see a place that most Americans will never get a chance to visit and rarely get to see pictures of...

The dress code is ironic...if you go to most city parks in Pakistan (where it is NOT required by law) you'll see more women really covering their hair...

As a religious Muslim friend of mine put it....if the government told you to pick your favorite food (say ice cream) and then MADE you eat it every single day...it wouldn't take long until you despised it....

I'm going to go see Part 2 and 3 now...

User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Dear Omidp,

beautiful pics from a magnificent city as Tehran. Warm people in a hermetic country.

Can't wait to see parts II and III



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User currently offline777way From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Left and centre styles would be good for new IR uniforms including the colours

User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1635 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I think the airport was built by a Turkish company. Thanks for the great pictures. I am surprised you are allowed to take pictures at the airport.
Would like to visit Iran one day. Isfahan, Shiraz etc.

User currently offlinetonyban From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 383 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Politics aside...Iran is a beautiful country with beautiful people. That was an excellent report with some wonderful pictures.
The country appears to be quite modern to what us Westerners believe it is. I've heard that Iranians in general are very friendly and hospitable.

User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wow - fascinating report so far! Tehran reminds me a bit of Santiago the way it's next to snow-covered mountains (Santiago is much smaller, though).

User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30078 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

WOW its only the first part and so far its the best report on Iran Ive ever seen on here. Its a great addition to the forum. For your first report I so looking forward to the next parts. Having been to Tehran and Shiraz and stayed with an Iranian family this is so interesting for me .


User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 516 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Omidp,

This is a great series of photo's and information about Iran. These photo's give a really nice impression of a very unknown place. I feel tempted on visiting it sometime. Too bad there isn't too much aviation related photos. I will read parts 2 and 3 soon.


User currently offlinePlunaCRJ From Uruguay, joined Nov 2007, 581 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report, it was a very interesting read. I´ll be reading the other two parts right away.


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8743 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Not much of an airline report, who cares, loved it!

Very interesting, loved the pictures, Tehran looks like a lovely city - I'd like to visit though quite sure the wife would not!



User currently offlinevietsky From Vietnam, joined Nov 2008, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Omidp,

Great Great Great pictures you have! Enjoy it.

User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thank you all for you r kind comments. Much appreciated  

User currently offlineMOE777 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great pictures of the Islamic republic, also what's wrong with the dress code? It's certainly more liberal than pro-western allies like saudia arabia, one should always observe local custom, no matter how annoying it may seem .

User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Moe,

Many Iranians especially in Tehran are not religious and they don't want to wear scarf but because of the dress code everyone has to have veil. If people had the option most of them would not have the veil, Kind of like a scene in Istanbul you see people with veil or without veil.

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

It snows at the airport?? Really? Fascinating!

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User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

@Airframe: Yes it snows in Tehran every winter and many other cities in Iran

User currently offlineIrishAyes From Israel, joined Jan 2008, 2556 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting kurt (Reply 6):
Wow - fascinating report so far! Tehran reminds me a bit of Santiago the way it's next to snow-covered mountains (Santiago is much smaller, though).

My thoughts exactly! Great report, going to look at parts II and III now...

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User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 811 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Thank you so much for these reports!!

Extremely interesting to see pictures from Tehran. It looks like a huge, but great city and your TR's makes me wan't to go there 

When is the best time to visit?

But with Iran air's 747 banned from the EU skies so I will have to go with LH instead  


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User currently offlineCairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wonderful pictures. The backdrop of mountains framing the skyline is fascinating. What amazes me is despite the massive size of the city of Tehran, there appears to be very little polution and smog. The treelined streets and parks help beautify the downtown. Hopefully the political situation will improve someday, as this looks like a great place to explore.
Thanks so much for sharing your photos.

User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

@Irish Aeyes: You're welcome  

@SasDC8: Hi, Tehran is nice to visit all year round and even summer but the city gets hot around 35C to 40C but it's not humid, it's dry so it's tolerable  

@Carin: Thanks but Tehran gets very polluted many days of the year as the smoke can't freely move because of the mountains surrounding the city

User currently offlineGrinddalCPH From Denmark, joined Sep 2009, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Milad,

How I love this Report  

I remember my dad telling me, that Iran was a popular destination, for Hippies back in the sixties, and especially the ones who loved to smoke weed! He also told me, it is one of the most spectacular places he has ever been, together with Lebanon, which also used to be a very popular tourist destination!

I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Iran, and I have many Iranian Friends, one thing they all have in common, is that they all seem, to be By European and American standards OVERLY nice and un-selfish! I love this Treat in a human being!

Also, Iranians are a very beautiful people, I must say! Kinda like the Scandinavians of the middle-east-Persian-gulf area  

It seems to me like a very beautiful and diverse country, with everything from super cities, beaches and ski-resorts, and im sure, that if that country was not under such strict and ridiculous government, it would be a VERY popular tourist dest. once again!

I must say,that the only thing keeping me from visiting is the way your government treats its people! it goes against my morals and ethics! Executing gays, and women who do not obey Islamic wahhabism is simply just too mind gushing for me to put my head around, it REALLY makes me mad! I can only imagine how much anger the Iranian people have against this regime from hell! I must say, that together with Kim il Jung, Ahmadinejad is the person I would most like to see vanish from this earth!

One thing though, that I do not understand is, that most Iranians seem to hate this regime, and the strict Islamic laws, and that these Islamic menaces seem too be a minority? Why then, is their no ANTI-ISLAMIC revolution? Are people afraid? I mean, if you out-number these sick people, why not start a new revolution? I know it is not this simple, but my heart cries for this beautiful country, which I once hope to enjoy the blessings off.

Kind Regards,


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User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately our government is sooo cruel to people and if you talk against them or let alone protest against them they'll arrest and execute you just after our presidential election massacre last year that they arrested and executed so many protesters. It's easier said than done but no one dares top talk against them or protest since you may never get back home alive that way. It's such a shame but they are the worst  

User currently offlineswissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 30
Reply 23, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report on one of the most fascinating countries I visited so far. Iranian people can be very nice and friendly and the country has much more to offer than most people can imagine. Far more than it's only imagine in the Western world. Thanks omidp!

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User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

@Swissgabe: Thank you so much for your kind comment and I'm glad you enjoyed

25 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Great trip report! It is in the top of my list of countries to visit before I die Tehran looks like a beautiful city and I love the backdrop with the
26 Post contains images omidp : Hi Air Pacific. Thank you for your kind comment and visiting this TR. As for visa requirement I've heard that Europeans can visit Iran with no visa an
27 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Ok I will check with the embassy whenever I go! Hopefully soon Well thank you once again for a very interesting TR with lots of great pics! I want to
28 777way : I dont know whats with you omidp on one had you're showing happy scenes and people from Iran under the Islamic regime, and yet you are living abroad a
29 infinit : Wow. What a fascinating sight indeed. Thanks for sharing. I would love to visit Iran sometime, perhaps ex-DXB
30 SQA350 : Thanks omidp for this great report and the great pics of Teheran! I have ALWAYS been fascinated by Iran and its people! One day I will visit. Good luc
31 Post contains images omidp : @777way: I just don't know what to tell you, FYI I have lived in Iran all my life, that's why I'm keeping the thread of Tehran running with my info ab
32 PlaneHunter : Hi Omidp, Very enjoyable report with amazing pictures from Iran! I'd like to go there one day. PH
33 hamster : Hi Omidp, I seem to have this vice. I want to go to all places us yankees are not supposed to go. ie cuba and Iran. I keep reading how friendly the pe
34 Post contains images flyorski : Wow, this is a great report! Its fascinating to see such images of the country and how wealthy and well off it really looks. When I saw the pictures I
35 Post contains images HowSwedeitis : I have to say; if Airnetters & plane spotters ran the world, it'd be a much happier place!
36 Post contains images omidp : @Planethunter: Thanks very much @Hamster: Thank you so much, Iran has very diverse regions climate wise, north by the Caspian sea is heavenly beautifu
37 Post contains images omidp : loool, my trip report got lost among all these
38 wexfordflyer : Great and interesting to see some more about Tehran, I'm going to find parts 2 and 3 straight away!
39 Post contains images omidp : Thanks Wexfordflyer. I'm glad you liked it
40 MSS658 : Hi Nice trip report! Thanks for sharing! We don't get the chance to see Iranian-lifestyle Greetings Marc
41 Post contains images omidp : Thanks so much MS S658
42 ordjoe : Great photos and trip report, I do want visit there one of these days. It is such a shame with such a great country is run by total despots.
43 FlyboyOz : Wow! it's a great report and I have never never thought that Iran has lots of rich people. I would love to visit there someday! They look much better
44 Post contains images omidp : Thanks flyboyoz Hi Ordjoe, Iran is very safe to visit and don't be fooled by the media at all. You'll have a great time
45 YYZAMS : Great report and pictures.
46 Post contains images omidp : Thank you
47 lesfalls : Tehran used to have a big american population (before 1970s)(about 50000 americans).
48 BNEFlyer : Tehran looks beautiful, I've wanted to go and visit for a long time, I hope I get there one day soon.
49 Post contains images Fallap : One days I shall travel to Iran, and find me a gorgeous Persian woman to merry. Great report!
50 Post contains images omidp : Very cool, I knew there were many Americans but not this many Thanks very much, yes I hope that you can visit soon Thank you
51 coffeebar : wish one day I can visit Tehran and invite you to visit Tel Aviv!
52 Post contains images omidp : Yes thanks, for sure I hope so too
53 Flaps : Beautiful. I never imagined so much greenery. Also the clothing was less restrictive than I pictured. I have always known that it was much different t
54 Post contains images omidp : Thanks, in Iran people try to resist the government as much as they can such as not following the dress code fully or many other things, other than t
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