Interesting how some European airlines fly to the near east overnight with fairly small aircraft (737s, MD80s) and make loads of money doing it. Alitalia (MD80s), LOT (737s), Malev (737s), Austrian (A320s) and Sabena (A320s) all leave their home bases at about 11pm and fly a narrowbody to Beirut, Damascus, Cairo, Tripoli, Amman et al, arriving at the destination about 3am local, spend 50 mins on the ground and fly back to their home base in time for sunrise. No way is there any market between Budapest and Beirut, maybe a couple of pax a week. But feed Malev's hub with a few pax each from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Brussels et al and voila, four or five full flights a week on each red-eye route. Good use of what would otherwise be parked aircraft.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz