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First Time To Japan Part V: IR PEK-NRT In C  
User currently offlinesutrakhk From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2008, 116 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 19689 times:

This is Part V of this trip report, the most excited part I must say.

PEK - NRT by Iran Air in Business Class

There was no way to purchase the ticket online, what I do was to contact Iran Air office in Beijing, and transfer the money to their bank a/c, they will send the e-ticket to you after receive the payment


Everything started in the early morning, the hotel arrange a shuttle bus for me to Beijing Capital Airport terminal 2
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Check-in counters were after customs
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Iran Air Counter
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I haven't visit the lounge as the 74L is more important for me in this trip
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When I arrived the gate, EP-IAC was just arrived
Glad that she arrived on time so that the departure will be on time.
PS: The on time performance of IR 800 was quite bad AFAIK
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2 September 2010

Beijing (PEK) – Tokyo/Narita (NRT)
Airline: Iran Air
Flight: IR 800
Aircraft: 747SP
Registration: EP-IAC
Seat: 5A (Business)
Gate: 17


Gate area, new set of crew was waiting to board, they are doing PEK-NRT-PEK today
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Boarding Pass
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EP-IAC, hope I have a better angle to take pics
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Safety Instructions Card
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Seat control
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Seating Pitch
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View from my seat, I cannot imagine that she was born in 1977, she is so well-maintained!
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The only malfunction was the reading lights, no one can control them on or off
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It was around 7:10 only, what I need is water
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Seat belt extension, not a ordinary one I used to have
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The door still opened at 7:30, let's have more pics
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After a while, a PA from flight deck told us that due to a typhoon near Korea, the crew have to wait for the new weather data, we would have some delay

So let's get more pics!

Rear
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Rear galley
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Rear right
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Middle cabin
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Left side and the pray area
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Washrooms in Economy
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The staircase I like most


Business seat, old type, I think wider would be better
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Washroom for Business Class and the Long Galley
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Breakfast was served on ground, it made me worry we would delay for a long time. Asked the leading FA, she said the expected departure time would be at 14:00!!
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After the meal, time to visit the washroom
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Can I go upstairs?
The FA said no since the aircraft was still on ground, she said maybe OK after take-off


Name badges at Door L1
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After a while, the seat belt sign was on, and the door closed!
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Pushed back at 10:23 and in the air at 10:32 finally!

Front side galley


After asking, I was allowed to go upstairs

Upper deck rear galley
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Beautiful upper deck!
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Washroom


From the front
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Thanks one of the crew helped me to take this pic!
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Sorry for a bit blur
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Love it!!!!!
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After 3 hours flying, we arrived Tokyo

Thanks little beauty!!
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Heading for immigration
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Went to the observation deck to see her, a really lovely and special queen!

Bye Bye, Hope can see you again!
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N'EX back to Shinjuku
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Here is the end of this interesting part

My past TR:
Three 5-Star Airlines In 8 Days (102pics) (June 2008)
First Touch Of China Southern MD82 (31 Pics) (August 2008)
China Airlines HKG - TPE (47 Pics) (August 2008)
HKG-BKK With China Airlines In C (61 Pics) (November 2010)
HKG-BKK F On Emirates' 777-300ER (67 Pics) (May 2009)
HKG-TPE Turnaround On TG's A340-600 (33 Pics) (June 2009)
HKG,MFM,TPE,SIN,BKK In CX C And BR Y (201 Pics) (August 2009)
SQ Y HKG-SIN In 2009 w/MH And 1st A380(128 Pics) (Year 2009)
Ooop! I did it again Part 1 EVA Air MD-90 (May 2010)(50 Pics)
Ooop! I did it again Part 2 CX HKG-SIN run (May 2010)(116 Pics)
Photo Report: My Trip For BG’s DC-10-30 (June 2010)(63 Pics)
First Time To Japan Part I: AI HKG-KIX In F (August 2010)
First Time To Japan Part II: JL KIX-HND In J (August 2010)
First Time To Japan Part III: OZ NRT-ICN In C (August 2010)
First Time To Japan Part IV: OZ ICN-PEK In NEW C (September 2010)

19 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineglobetraveller From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 19531 times:

I have been following your trip reports with great enthusiasm!

A neat look at the 74L with so many great pictures - especially of the cockpit!

Excellent work indeed!

Globetraveller


User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 19340 times:

Hi sutrahk,

I was anxiously waiting for this part, thanks for posting it so soon  


It seems that you had no problems taking any pictures on board? Unlike my experience on Syrianair's 74L where it seemed that my every move was monitored (and questioned) by the air marshall, this one seemed to be more easy-going!

Glad that you were served the meal on the ground, it seems that IR's crew are quite decent!

Thanks a lot for sharing!

Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlinesutrakhk From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2008, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 19188 times:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 2):
It seems that you had no problems taking any pictures on board? Unlike my experience on Syrianair's 74L where it seemed that my every move was monitored (and questioned) by the air marshall, this one seemed to be more easy-going!

Glad that you were served the meal on the ground, it seems that IR's crew are quite decent!

There was no problem to take pictures in the aircraft, they even helped me to take pictures here and there, the crew was really nice, unlike BG's crew.

Forgot to mention in the report, in this flight 2 FAs were Japanese, one of them shared a lot of her working life in Iran Air, summarize as follow:
1. Japanese crew is the only foreign crew in Iran Air
2. They only work on IR 800 and IR 801, which is IKA - PEK - NRT - PEK - IKA
3. As this flight operate only once per week, so they will stay in IKA and Tokyo every other week
4. Iran crew members will change at PEK, but Japanese crew will do all the way from IKA to NRT

I think it is still a good job as they only need to work at every Wednesday/Thursday, others are all holiday and the pay was not bad!


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1916 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 18666 times:
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Good report!

Really cool to read a report on Iran Air. Looks like you had a nice flight with them! The food looks really nice, and how nice to get on a 747SP!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5922 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 18456 times:

great report!
the food looks so good... and a lot!

I am really sorry that I missed IR when I was living in Venezuela and they used to fly once a week CCS-DAM-THR

cheers
Avianca



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User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 18441 times:

Wow! Thank you for share! What a cool trip report!

That is one funky seatbelt extender! I've never seen one like that before!

I am so happy that taking pictures wasn't a problem like it is here in the U.S.

So was the upper deck being kept just for crew?

That was as an interesting breakfast, lots of carbs before the main meal!


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6500 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 18365 times:

Very nce trip report with nice pictures, another great installement in your series.

Meal loos great and portion is huge!

Nice that they let you move around the cabins to takeso many pictures.

Interesting to hear about the Japanese F/As.

Great to see another trip report on the 747SP!

The777Man



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5075 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 18289 times:

Wow. It seems IR keeps on being consistently good in the air. I had a similarly fantastic experience flying the 74L on BOM-IKA. The crew were fantastic, and the meals awesome. Thanks again for another data point on them. Take a look at my experience: Iran Air IR 811: 08/DEC/09: BOM-IKA: J Cabin (by Abrelosojos Jan 30 2010 in Trip Reports)

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlinesutrakhk From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2008, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 17742 times:

Quoting burj (Reply 6):
Wow! Thank you for share! What a cool trip report!

That is one funky seatbelt extender! I've never seen one like that before!

I am so happy that taking pictures wasn't a problem like it is here in the U.S.

So was the upper deck being kept just for crew?

That was as an interesting breakfast, lots of carbs before the main meal!

The seatbelt extender was actually the one connecting to the seat in my observation, that means my seatbelt is actually Male-Male-Female, but not Male-Extender-Female.

The upper deck was only for crew, you can see there are actually no seat upstairs in the seat map in one of my photos

For the breakfast, as there was no menu, I wondered if I get the breads only for the whole meal in the beginning as you can see the amount of bread and honey, jam, cheese for the bread!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Meal loos great and portion is huge!

Nice that they let you move around the cabins to takeso many pictures.

Interesting to hear about the Japanese F/As.

So it was really a good chance to explorer.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 8):

Wow. It seems IR keeps on being consistently good in the air. I had a similarly fantastic experience flying the 74L on BOM-IKA. The crew were fantastic, and the meals awesome. Thanks again for another data point on them. Take a look at my experience: Iran Air IR 811: 08/DEC/09: BOM-IKA: J Cabin (by Abrelosojos Jan 30 2010 in Trip Reports)

Saludos,
A.

Yours report was really good, I enjoyed it much!


User currently offlineORDnHKG From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 17166 times:

Weird factor # 1 : Full set of china but no glassware ?

Weird factor # 2 : I can't see there are any side bins or overhead storage in the upper deck, those are very common on other 742, 743, and 744's upper deck. I am not sure if it is unique only for IR ? I can assume pax seated in the upper deck are only allowed to have very small bags, as the only storage area are the seats underneath. Also, it seems there isn't even a door to the cockpit, rather just a curtain. (I can see in the middle of the curtain there are lights coming from the sunshine of the cockpit window ! ) Wonder what are their security measure ?

Thanks for all the details and photos ! Great job with all these reports !

[Edited 2010-09-22 18:44:55]

[Edited 2010-09-22 18:48:08]

User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 17117 times:

Very nice! It is interesting to see these these "non-traditional" airlines. I never would have thought to have taken Iran air! Thanks for sharing this with us!

User currently offlinecaspritz78 From Germany, joined Aug 2007, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 16752 times:

Quoting ORDnHKG (Reply 10):
Wonder what are their security measure ?

I doubt that IR has to worry about terrorists.

What I found interesting are the flatscreen monitors in the cabin. They just look so out of place.


User currently offlineORDnHKG From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 16336 times:

Quoting caspritz78 (Reply 12):
What I found interesting are the flatscreen monitors in the cabin. They just look so out of place.

That too, probably no other movie screen are made to be fit on 74L anymore, or it is cheaper than the standard ones.


User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 738 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 16005 times:
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Nice to see a TR on the 747SP. Only 45 of them were built and Iran Air has 4 of them. The SP was initially ordered by Pan Am to fly JFK-NRT. It was the first aircraft that could make a flight of that range. Iran Air used them initially to fly Tehran-JFK. I've seen them at NRT many times.
I flew on the 747SP when United used them after purchasing Pan Am Pacific Division. I flew SFO-SEL-SFO. I liked the SP.
How were you able to get in the cockpit?
Hope you enjoyed your time in Japan. Shinjuku is one of my favorite places in Tokyo.



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User currently onlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 15992 times:

Incredible experience flying this aircraft! It looks in such a good shape. The cabin is spotless, they even equipped this plane with flat screens! Thank you very much for sharing!

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8506 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 15226 times:
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What an excellent TR!

It's amazing, this 1977 build IR 74L looks to be in better condition than many of the 1990+ BA 744's that I have flown, just amazing how well IR have maintained this bird, very impressive.

The food portions look excellent too, I'm truly impressed indeed!

If I'd not already booked my bye annual big spotting jolly, I'd change it and route via PEK to get on the IR 74L.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlinesutrakhk From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2008, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 13529 times:

I have uploaded the takeoff and landing video in Youtube, please take a look

Takeoff

Landing

Enjoy! 


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 11816 times:

Nice trip report, good to read such a nice report covering the classic 747.


Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinemjabbasi From Pakistan, joined Nov 2007, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7801 times:

I know this reply is almost a year late but I'm new to these forums. The reason there are no side storage bins on the upper decks of IR's 74L is because previously this upper deck used to be a fabulous F class lounge during the 70's when the Shah was still in power and a fabulous lounge it was, complete with Samovars, Sofas, wood paneling you name it, then after the revolution, it was closed off and only Y class flights operated and when they did reintroduce Homa class again, the lounge was long gone and replaced by these Y class seats.

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