NorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1713 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Interesting report. Just incase you're interested your plane, EP-IAM was a 747-186 and the 381st off the line, so probably a 1978 or 1979 build, being able to fly on the 747-100 is a real rarity these days, so you're very lucky. It's amazing how Iran Air can keep these birds flying after so many years with all the sanctions being imposed on them, they must have some great mechanics there.
I'm curious, which terminal at LHR did you arrive into? I'm thinking maybe terminal one or terminal four.
corrected to correct the line number and for clarity
[Edited 2010-06-30 02:58:35]
I could have elite status if I wanted it, but flying the same airline all the time is boring.
gardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1518 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Wow, cool report. Loved all the pictures.
I am surprised you could take pictures like that, especially of Immigration etc. Thought they would have barred photography
I have always been fastcinated with Iran and have only heard good things from people who have been, especially about how hospitable the local people are.
Makes me want to go!
Rabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 993 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 32581 times:
Thank you for this trip report, I really enjoyed it a lot. I so much hope that the relations between Iran and "the West" will not deteriorate. It is a shame that a nation with a rich culture as Iran's is cut off from larger parts of the rest of the world - in in terms of cultural exchange, economically, politically. There is so much potential for win win situations.
AERDINGUS From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2485 posts, RR: 18 Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 32441 times:
Thanks so much. Exactly the kind of thing I love to read. I was looking forward to each part of it! All the background information of Iran was fascinating. And a 747SP just hangin around in the back! Amazing. I hope one day Iran's people get the happiness they deserve.
BA EI FH FR LX RE SK TS VY ZB 3K 5G A300 A310 A319 A320 A321 A333 ATR72 B735 B738 B744 B772 MD82 BCN BOH BRU CPH CRL DUB
lychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 904 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 31989 times:
Fantastic. Thank you for posting this report.The airport looks very quiet with not too many international flights. I would be nervous flying on a 32 year old plane. Metal fatigue is something that comes to mind.
Anyway the food on Iran Air looks better than the food we get on US airlines.
pdxtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 31393 times:
Great and fascinating trip report. I'd love to visit Iran one day and travel through out the country. Geographically, it looks beautiful, and I've heard good things about the people and food. I'm amazed at all the pictures you were able to get. Like others have said, I thought Iran was pretty strict about photography, especially in airports and public places.
How difficult is it for a US Citizen to get a visa? Nearly impossible?
KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1609 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 30966 times:
Lovely report and i absolutely loved looking at the pictures of Tehran.
Though Iran is our neighbouring country,i havent had the privilege of visiting it thus far - although i have every intention to.I wish the law and order situation on the Pakistani side of Balochistan was good otherwise i would love to drive across the border and take a road tour through Iran.People in my fathers generation used to do it easily back then,its a real pity things arent as simple any more.
Kent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 888 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 30349 times:
I've read all three parts - thank you for this report. The pics suggest a very different Iran to that portayed in the popular English speaking press.
I'm not a lover of travelling on old aircraft, but it's cool that there are still some of them in commercial service.
As many others have commented, the loose wearing of the hijab is one of the most surprising things in the photos, given what we hear about the religious rule in the country. But it also makes sense - in this country you make a religious choice to wear a "veil", whereas there must be many in Iran who take the minimum steps to comply with a cultural requirement.
omidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 79 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 29885 times:
Thank you all for your kind comments. I really appreciate them
@Burj- Thanks for your comment. to be honest I forgot what was in there on the breakfast tray..sorry
@NorthStarboy. Thanks for the background info on the plane
@pdxtriple7- You can get visa bu going to the Iranian interest section in Washington. I don't know how hard ity is but sometimes they want to promote tourism so they make it easier
@ronerone- Sorry I don't really know the answer to your Q
@Kent350787- Thanks a lot, yes In Iran people are constantly fighting the regime by different ways such as ladies showing more hair and having loose veil etc. It's so tiring but we have one of the worst gov. in the world who have no mercy on Iranians at all
UK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2550 posts, RR: 33 Reply 22, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 28114 times:
Very interesting report. I think you painted an accurate picture of Tehran from what I have seen and understand of it myself.
Nice to see that you got on EP-IAM, the B747-100B. I watched this arriving at IKA a couple of weeks ago after disembarking from another flight, wishing I had flown in on that one! Sadly the LHR service is remaining with an A300-600 this summer, unlike previous years.
I hope this report gives people around the world a better understanding of Tehran and the Iranian people.
rogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1135 posts, RR: 19 Reply 23, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 28079 times:
I have read all three parts and had a look at the link you provided. Brilliant!
Thanks for picturing a very different Iran to the one shown on the news... truly, Iranians deserve better than the conservative regime they have. I have never been to Iran but I have a friend who lived there and speaks fluent Farsi, she is very much concerned about the country and has told me about it many times. Iran has become a holiday destination here in Spain and there are quite a number of people who travel there every year. As I am more an independent traveler I wonder about going there on my own.
"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)