The original Air Europe was a great airline, revolutionised the charter market in the UK and Europe by buying all new planes (737-200s) whereas Monarch et al were flying Comets, 720s, BAC111s and the like. The expansion was fueled by the 80s boom years and things really got out of hand. It's surprising they never had an accident, because although the troops were very motivated and competent, the management was just wild, boardroom coups and scuffles a daily occurence. The rumours of drug use among the top personnel were rife - a friend of mine sat in on an aircraft acquisition internal meeting and there was coke being used openly. "How many aircraft do we need for X new route?" "Three." "(big sniff) Then we'll get eight." They applied for every scheduled license available, although it was more quantity than quality - three or four scheduled routes a day to lots of second-tier German cities, the Channel Islands, Gibralter, Salzburg, that kind of thing (with the odd cherry such as Paris or Nice). They ordered 12 Trent-powered MD11s for scheduled flights to Brisbane, Auckland, Penang (more second-tier destinations). In other words, picking up route licenses which were dormant for a very good reason - no-one else could make money on the route. When the recession hit at the end of the decade, the whole thing collapsed like a house of cards. The brand-new fleet of a dozen F100s went straight onto the market, much to Fokker's horror, along with the rest of the fleet. It isn't widely known, but the airline had also signed a deal with Airbus for 45 A320s. Oh my god. The week after the shutdown, Harry Goodman (the MD) was all over the tabloids, as it was revealed that he paid hookers to dress him in nappies and spank him (I believe it's known as Infantilism). What a riot. Shame cos they were great to fly with but the drugs and hookers and bullshit factor ensured that the bubble would surely burst sooner or later.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz