This is total BS
- a good example of why I don't read the paper - in the world of print journalism, Aussie papers are among the very worst.
These planes left Qantas and the Australian registry years ago. I remember seeing them without titles or 'roo in Jeddah at least two years ago. They were tired old Hajj hacks when Iran Air got their hands on them. What has happened to them since I do not know, not a lot, they certainly aren't in service and are another example of Iran's hopelessly dysfunctional aviation policy, like Iran Air's A320s - hundreds of construction numbers apart, as little commonality as half a dozen A320s could have, bought by people who don't know the first thing about what they're doing. Rolls-powered 747-300s are laughably unsuited to Iran's P&W-centric world of Jurassic -200s and SPs. In fact as far as I'm aware, a Rolls Royce-powered aircraft has never operated inside Iran, ever. God knows what the boys in the engine shops at Mehrabad are supposed to do with these machines. I guess it's one reason why they haven't entered service.
The scandal is how badly sanctions are effecting Iran, how they empower a dreadful government, how they harm civilians. But that isn't the narrative in a US / Likudnik colony like Australia, so the story is instead a strung-together bunch of misleading nonsense to distract rubes from what really goes on the world.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz