Let's Talk About Iran Air

Sun Aug 08, 1999 12:01 am

From reading about talking about other NON-US airlines, I want to hear other's opinion from forum users out here. For better or for worce topics about their experience, domestic and international flights, or just hearing about Iran Air's reputation.

I have only flew Iran Air once in their domestic flight with the 727-200 from Esfahan-Tehran route.

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RE: Let's Talk About Iran Air

Sun Aug 08, 1999 2:03 am

Interestingly, Iran Air operates a code-share with Malaysia Airlines to offer a direct non-stop Tehran-Kuala Lumpur service wchich is operated by a Boeing 747SP. As far as I can work out it is the only airline to operate the SP into Malaysia.

RE: Let's Talk About Iran Air

Sun Aug 08, 1999 2:11 am

I'm told that Iran Air has done a wonderful job of maintaining those old 747SPs and 742s.

RE: Let's Talk About Iran Air

Sun Aug 08, 1999 7:09 am

Maybe the same thing is ture about their older fleet of 727s, 737s and 707s!

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RE: Let's Talk About Iran Air

Sun Aug 08, 1999 6:23 pm


Iran Air is one of the airlines that badly need some reformulation Because US banned the sale of aircraft to them we have Airbus ready to fill the gap soon saling lots of Airbuses! But its a quite interesting airline. I remember starting seeing their planes in London, normally 747SP but sometimes also some real 747 and some 707. But one day when I was in Lisbon airport I acctually seen a cargo 707 ( I think it was EP-IRJ APADANA ).
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RE: Let's Talk About Iran Air

Sun Aug 08, 1999 7:01 pm

Not only do the US not allow sale of aircraft but they don't allow the sale of parts either, and at the time of the revolution in 79 when the US-sponsored Shah was overthrown Iranair (and nearly all Iranian industry) was almost entirely reliant on US and Western know-how and technicians. Iranair had to go from being an airline that had lots of American engineers and a free flow of parts to doing all their own maintenence with Iranian nationals, and having to take very circuituous routes to obtaining parts for their fleet. They managed it brilliantly and without a noticeable gap in ops. They have been politically isolated for twenty years now, and their engineering and ops depts are totally world-class and necessarily self-sufficient. Airbus have made hay at Boeing's expense (as they have in many other regions) and sold a fleet of A300-600s to the airline. Expect an order for A340s to replace the 747s. Iranair have a good reputation for service, and their route map spans the globe, flying as far afield as China, Japan, Africa, and of course a couple of dozen cities in Europe, as well as comprehensive services across their home turf, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent and Asia. Tehran's location means that it would be an ideal transit point for passengers travelling from Europe to Asia, and it's a shame the Iranians haven't capitalised on that. It's also a beautiful and historical country and while tourism is reasonably buoyant (although unfortunately Americans are excluded from the many national groups who travel there every year), it could be a much bigger earner for the country. I am as supportive as anyone of getting rid of foreign interference (the Shah and his paymasters in 79) but the people of Iran now want to live normally and not under religious law, and when this finally happens Iran will become a big destination and Iranair could rival Emirates or Singapore Airlines as a top quality airline with a powerful international hub. They certainly deserve it for hanging in there all these years.
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